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    Are these sentences correct?
    1a. How many clothes should I bring?
    1b. How much clothes should I bring?

    2a.You should bring five clothes.
    2b.You should bring five clothes items.
    2c.You should bring five pieces of
    clothes.

    3a.How much is these clothes?
    3b.How much are these clothes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelfung
    Are these sentences correct?
    1a. How many clothes should I bring? not OK

    1b. How much clothes should I bring? OK

    2a.You should bring five clothes. Five pieces of clothing.

    2b.You should bring five clothes items. Five clothing items.

    2c.You should bring five pieces of
    clothes. ...five pieces of clothing

    3a.How much is these clothes? not OK ( however used quite commonly)

    3b.How much are these clothes?
    are

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelfung
    Are these sentences correct?
    1a. How many clothes should I bring?
    1b. How much clothes should I bring?

    2a.You should bring five clothes.
    2b.You should bring five clothes items.
    2c.You should bring five pieces of
    clothes.

    3a.How much is these clothes?
    3b.How much are these clothes?
    Clothes has no singular. Instead we use words like "something to wear", a piece of clothing, an article.

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    Are these sentences correct?
    1a. How many clothes should I bring? OK
    1b. How much clothes should I bring? NOT OK

    How much clothing should I bring? OK
    I have too much clothing. OK
    I have too many clothes. OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion
    Are these sentences correct?
    1a. How many clothes should I bring? OK
    1b. How much clothes should I bring? NOT OK

    How much clothing should I bring? OK
    I have too much clothing. OK
    I have too many clothes. OK


    1b. How much clothes should I bring? NOT OK

    Clothes is a plural uncountable noun, therefore it goes with with much very well. And it's also grammatically correct.

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    I'm afraid clothes is not an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns do not have plural forms. Clothing is an uncountable noun.

    My clothes are old.
    My clothing is old.

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    I think that clothes is an uncountable noun, one that is always expressed in the plural like scissors or pants .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandelion
    I'm afraid clothes is not an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns do not have plural forms. Clothing is an uncountable noun.

    My clothes are old. OK
    My clothing is old.
    OK



    Clothing is an uncountable noun.

    And so is clothes "Clothes" is a collective noun and therefore uncountable.

    Question:

    Do you say "I have one clothe"?
    or
    "I have two/three/four/ clothes"????

    If English is your native language,you know you wouldn't say that, would you?

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    Consider what's not been stated:

    1c. How many items should I bring?
    1d. How many items of clothing should I bring?
    1e. How many clothes should I bring?
    1f. How much (stuff) should I bring?

    1b. How much clothing should I bring? ('clothing' is expressed as a pile, i.e., collective and non-count, but that's not the meaning you intended, I believe.)

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    Meow! Luv-ely, Marylin.

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