Much, Many, A Lot Of – Which One Do I Use?

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Time for more grammar. This time we’re going to look at the words much, many, and a lot of.

The key to knowing when to use these words is remembering your count and non-count nouns. To review count and noun-count nouns, click here.

Basically, you use “many” with plural count nouns. For example: many people, many apples, many problems, many friends. You can use “many” in statements and questions, affirmative or negative.

“Much,” on the other hand, is used with non-count nouns. For example: much money, much homework, much coffee, much trouble. But we only use “much” in questions and negative statements. For example: “I don’t have much money. How much money do you have?” We do not say “I have much money.”

In this case, we say “I have a lot of money.” “A lot of” can be used with count or non-count nouns – it doesn’t matter! It can also be used in questions and statements, negative or affirmative. But if we begin the question with “how,” then we have to use either “much” or “many.” We can’t say “How a lot of money do you have?’

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21 thoughts on “Much, Many, A Lot Of – Which One Do I Use?

  1. Good question, Amy. You can use “much” for questions (How much money do you need?) or negative statements (I don’t have much money left.) but not for affirmative statement. Instead, use “a lot of” or “lots of”: We have a lot of/lots of money left.

  2. In a question, when the noun is countable use “many”, when the noun is uncountable use “much”. Both of much and many can use a lot of or alots of. But alot of is more informal.

    • The instructions indicate there may be more than one correct answer. To score a point, you need to get both.

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