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    Default much vs many

    Helo everybody!
    Could you explain to me which is right, please.
    1. How much time you do you spend on the Internet? -About 5 hours. -That is too many!(or too much)
    2.How much do you weigh? 80 kilos. That`s too much! (or too many)
    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: much vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by olga- View Post
    Helo everybody!
    Could you explain to me which is right, please.
    1. How much time you do you spend on the Internet? -About 5 hours. -That is too many!(or too much)
    2.How much do you weigh? – 80 kilos. – That`s too much! (or too many)
    Thanks a lot.
    "Much" in the question/"Much" in the response.
    If it were "How many hours etc.", it would be "many" in the response, as in "about 5 hours", "that's too many".


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    Default Re: much vs many

    "Many" is for countable things. "Much" for uncountable.

    The sticking point in your questions is whether you are thinking of the "time" or the "hours." It's too much time, but too many hours. It's too much weight, but too many pounds.

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    Default Re: much vs many

    Quote Originally Posted by olga- View Post
    Helo everybody!
    Could you explain to me which is right, please.
    1. How much time you do you spend on the Internet? -About 5 hours. -That is too many!(or too much)
    2.How much do you weigh? 80 kilos. That`s too much! (or too many)
    Thanks a lot.
    "Many" is used with countable nouns.
    "Much" is used with uncountable nouns.

    Time is uncountable, so we use "much".
    The number of apples in a bag are countable, so we use "many".
    How many stars are there in the galaxy? Countable.
    How much distance is there between the two stars? Uncountable.

    How much do you weight is countable - use "much", not "many".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    How much do you weight is countable - use "much", not "many".


    Will you clear this up please? Should I add the prefix (un-) to the word "Countable?"

    Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post




    Will you clear this up please? Should I add the prefix (un-) to the word "Countable?"

    Thank you.

    You can if you want to say that something is not countable. The prefix "un" is fairly common in English -
    touchable - untouchable
    readable - unreadable
    reachable - unreachable

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    Default Re: much vs many

    Countable/uncountable is the standard grammatical explanation. But here is a simple rule that learners can use to choose between much and many. Use many with plural nouns and much with singular. The rule also works with less and fewer. Use less with singular nouns and fewer with plural.

    I just ran across this rule in William Safire's On Language, a collection of his NY Times columns from the 1970's. I think it works all the time. At least I haven't been able to think of any exception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    At least I haven't been able to think of any exception.
    I have 50 (fifty pounds) less than I need.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Much" in the question/"Much" in the response.
    If it were "How many hours etc.", it would be "many" in the response, as in "about 5 hours", "that's too many".

    Thank you very much, billmcd. This is clear and helpful.

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    Thank you very much for your answer.

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