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    many/much staff

    Hello!

    Could somebody please help me find out whether 'staff' takes 'many' or 'much' as a quantifier?

    The Macmillan Dictionary says 'staff' is [U], so I shoud say 'how much staff do you need?"
    Longman refers to 'staff'' as a [C] noun, therefore it should be "how many staff.."

    Which one should I believe?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: many/much staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    Could somebody please help me find out whether 'staff' takes 'many' or 'much' as a quantifier?

    The Macmillan Dictionary says 'staff' is [U], so I should say 'how much staff do you need?"
    Longman refers to 'staff'' as a [C] noun, therefore it should be "how many staff.."

    Which one should I believe?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has:[C, usually sing.], which doesn't help us in this situation either. How many would be the one I'd expect to say/hear in BrE.

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    Re: many/much staff

    Thank you, fivejedjon!

    PS. It's pretty difficult to learn English when the only source of knowledge is a dictionary.

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    Re: many/much staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Thank you, fivejedjon!

    PS. It's pretty difficult to learn English when the only source of knowledge is a dictionary.
    I have lots of resources, I am a native speaker, I can discuss things with teachers who are native speakers, and I am still learning about English after nearly sixty years of studying it.

    If you are managing with just a dictionary, then good luck - and congratulations on what you have achieved so far.

    And let's both be grateful for the existence of this forum!

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    Re: many/much staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    Could somebody please help me find out whether 'staff' takes 'many' or 'much' as a quantifier?

    The Macmillan Dictionary says 'staff' is [U], so I shoud say 'how much staff do you need?"
    Longman refers to 'staff'' as a [C] noun, therefore it should be "how many staff.."

    Which one should I believe?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    I would probably say (in AmE) "How much staff do you need?" or "How many staff members do you need?"

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    Re: many/much staff

    Thank you!
    5jj, you cannot imagine how grateful I am for the existence of this forum. And never before have I suspected there's such a huge difference between AmE and BrE, even in the usage of quantifiers!

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