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    Default Re: Much or Many 1

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    Thanks RonBee for your corrections, I love it for I 've got ...
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    I have a rather odd question. Since plural noun is used ' corrections ', do you think to say ' I love them ..... ' is better to make the sentence look more balanced ?

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    Thanks RonBee for your corrections, I love it for I 've got ...
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    I have a rather odd question. Since plural noun is used ' corrections ', do you think to say ' I love them ..... ' is better to make the sentence look more balanced ?[/quote]


    Good idea, whl626!
    Thanks for that! :)

    By the way, I have to say that " Since a plural noun is..... , " is better than " Since plural noun is ...." , so what do you think? :wink:

    Lucy Wu

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    Default Re: Much or Many 1

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Thanks RonBee for your corrections, I love it for I 've got ...
    I have a rather odd question. Since plural noun is used ' corrections ', do you think to say ' I love them ..... ' is better to make the sentence look more balanced ?[/quote]


    Good idea, whl626!
    Thanks for that! :)

    By the way, I have to say that " Since a plural noun is..... , " is better than " Since plural noun is ...." , so what do you think? :wink:

    Lucy Wu[/quote]

    In my opinion, 'a' is not necessary as I said it in general :)

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    Default much many

    Both are correct, aren't they

    How much (money) did you spend?
    How many (dollars) did you spend?

    Sam: We're missing some dough here! (counterfeit dough)
    Pat: Uh, I kind of spent some of them to buy us lunch today.
    Sam: How many (of them) did you spend?


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    Without additional context, such as the implied ellipsis of dollars, then I'd go for the uncountable.

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    Default Re: Much or Many 1

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    I even wonder if I should get some systemetic studying
    Um, it's systematic, but perhaps that was a typo.

    Words that end in -atic:

    • acrobatic
      asthmatic
      autocratic
      automatic
      axiomatic
      charismatic
      democratic
      dramatic


    :)
    I'm sorry Ron, it's not a typo, indeed it's my spelling mistake as you guessed already, thanks for your correction and relative references.
    BTW, do you think I'm now qualified to point out mistake from others? I assume it's very hard to do it especially from experts' remarks for me. Anyway I will try from now on, hehe....so watch out, everyone! :wink:
    Jump right in. The water's fine.

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    Default Re: Much or Many 1

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Quote Originally Posted by lucy

    Thanks RonBee for your corrections, I love it for I 've got ...
    I have a rather odd question. Since plural noun is used ' corrections ', do you think to say ' I love them ..... ' is better to make the sentence look more balanced ?
    No, because it does not refer to corrections. Instead, it refers to something unspoken but implied. Put in words, the form would be something like this:

    • I like it when you help me.


    Or:

    • I appreciate it when you point out my mistakes.


    The "it" in the sentence in question refers to a process or an action or a series of actions or a habit. (Take your pick. :wink: )

    :)

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    Default Idiomatic English

    "I love it when you correct me" but it is not exactly idiomatic English, because love would usually be considered too strong a word there. Better, perhaps, would be something like, "I appreciate your help." There is nothing wrong with love, of course, but it would probably be best not to overuse it.

    (Sorry for being a PITN. (PITN= Pain In The Neck))

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    Default Re: Much or Many 1

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    By the way, I have to say that " Since a plural noun is..... , " is better than " Since plural noun is ...." , so what do you think?
    As I understand it, the question is whether a should be used in front of plural noun. The answer is yes.

    The a designates that the following noun is singular. Thus, it would be a plural noun or plural nouns.

    I hope that helps.

    :)

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    I am too stuck with the agreement in speech. I think this is the reason why I was being led astray :P. I see a clearer picture now. :)

    Regarding the use of article, it is tricky. Especially when no article is used with a noun.

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