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    Default many people do not have / few people have

    Are the sentences below acceptable, natural or not natural? Thanks a lot.

    1. Nowadays, many people do not have extra money for traveling.
    2. Nowadays, few people have extra money to spend traveling.

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    Default Re: many people do not have / few people have

    Both are acceptable and natural.

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    Default Re: many people do not have / few people have

    #2 is more straightforward to me.

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    Default Re: many people do not have / few people have

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    #2 is more straightforward to me.
    Yes it is. But they mean different things, so you can't use 2 instead of 1.
    Let's say that 40% of people do not have extra money for traveling. By any account, this is many people. But it doesn't imply that few people do have the extra money, since that figure is 60%. "Most people" would be closer to meaning the same thing than "Many people."

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    Default Re: many people do not have / few people have

    I'll throw out there "on travel" as an alternative.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: many people do not have / few people have

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'll throw out there "on travel" as an alternative.
    I agree, but only in #2
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