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    Much / many countable/ uncountable

    Hello,

    Can anyone tell me why the following sentence uses 'of' with 'much' ?

    'much of my work involves visiting different companies'

    Also, in the following sentence why is it 'own' and not 'owns'

    'Most people in my country own a car'

    Finally, 'everyone I know owns a car' - why not 'own' ??

    Any help will would great.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Much / many countable/ uncountable

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty1970 View Post
    Hello,

    Can anyone tell me why the following sentence uses 'of' with 'much' ?

    'much of my work involves visiting different companies' BECAUSE MUCH IS WORKING AS A PRONOUN AT THIS MOMENT. IT ALSO CAN BE USED AS ADJECTIVES, ADVERBS.

    Also, in the following sentence why is it 'own' and not 'owns'

    'Most people in my country own a car' THE SUBJECT IS IN PLURAL.

    Finally, 'everyone I know owns a car' - why not 'own' ?? THE SUBJECT" EVERYONE" IS TREATED AS SINGULAR, THEREFORE, THE VERB FOLLOWING SHOULD BE IN AGREEMENT.

    Any help will would great.

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Much / many countable/ uncountable

    I believe Kenkk2 meant to say that much is functioning here as a noun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty1970 View Post
    Hello,

    Can anyone tell me why the following sentence uses 'of' with 'much' ?

    'much of my work involves visiting different companies'
    Much used here as noun means: a large amount; a great deal of’’ is a preposition which can follow any noun to show possession/belonging to/having etc. as:a bag of nuts, a man of letters
    It can be followed by other prepositions depending on the necessity, as:
    He didn't say much about it The campus wasn't much to look at

    Also, in the following sentence why is it 'own' and not 'owns'

    'Most people in my country own a car' 'Most people' is plural, so it needs a plural verb.

    Finally, 'everyone I know owns a car' - why not 'own' ??
    'Anyone' is singular, so the verb must be singular.

    Any help will would great.

    Thanks in advance
    Skp

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