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    a lot, many

    I have found some explanation about the difference between "many" / "a lot ". It goes as:


    A lot (of) may also be possible in the negative and in the interrogative, but it suggests a bigger quantity than many and much. For instance, if we say He has bought twenty cans of coke: he did not have many (cans of coke)/much (coke), it carries the idea that he needed some more, so he has bought some. However, He has bought twenty cans of coke: he did not have a lot implies that he wanted to have a lot, which is why he has bought them. Let us put another example:
    She didnít gain much experience. (She gained very little experience.) She didnít gain a lot of experience. (She learnt something from it.)


    I understand the examples with "many", but I don't quite understand the conclusions made about the ones with "a lot".

    How do they come to this conclusion that "She learnt something from it" based on this sentence "
    She didnít gain a lot of experience."

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    Re: a lot, many

    I'm not greatly convinced by this explanation- where did you find it?

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    Re: a lot, many

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'm not greatly convinced by this explanation- where did you find it?
    Here
    A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty - English Grammar Step by Step - Advanced English Grammar

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    Re: a lot, many

    I would not recommend worrying about this explanation. I think there's a little more imagination than real knowledge behind it.

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