Language tip of the week: muchPosted by Kati Sule on December 06, 2012
In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English which learners often find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week some advice about the grammar word much:
Much is only used with uncountable nouns:
The President failed to get much help from the Europeans.
It is never followed by a plural noun. With plural nouns, use many:
✗ Using credit cards appropriately can bring
much benefitsto students.
✓ Using credit cards appropriately can bring many benefits to students.
✗ Workers experience
much breathing problemswith passive smoking.
✓ Workers experience many breathing problems with passive smoking.
In the same way, too much and so much are only used with uncountable nouns. With plural nouns, use too many or so many:
✗ We have cut down
too much treesto make paper.
✓ We have cut down too many trees to make paper.
✗ There are still
so much questionsthat need to be answered.
✓ There are still so many questions that need to be answered.
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