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    'There are many clouds in the sky. Why 'many' instead of 'plenty of ', 'lots of' ? They are used in the affirmative sentenses .

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    Re: many

    So is 'many'.

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    Re: many

    I see
    'as a determiner followed by a plural noun' (Macmillan dictionary).
    I was recommended to use it in the questions before .

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    Why 'a lot of ' instead of 'much' in the second example?
    The most common mistakes in English. Lesson 7 - YouTube

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    The presenter of that lesson is not correct when he says that 'much' is a mistake. 'A lot of' is indeed far more commonly used in affirmative sentences, but 'much' is correct, and not uncommon in more formal speech and writing.

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    For some reason I can't get that link to work but I'm assuming no-one here or on YouTube is suggesting that "There are much clouds ..." is correct.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For some reason I can't get that link to work but I'm assuming no-one here or on YouTube is suggesting that "There are much clouds ..." is correct.
    The sentence that was called incorrect is "He spends much time preparing for exams."

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    But... it's much more common to use "much" in the negative. He doesn't spend much time preparing.

    It's the argument about what is absolutely correct or incorrect versus what is likely to be said.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For some reason I can't get that link to work but I'm assuming no-one here or on YouTube is suggesting that "There are much clouds ..." is correct.

    Hi Emsr2d2, you have written "for some reason". I can't understand it and also I am bit confused. Shouldn't it be "for some reasons"?

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    #10

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    No the standard expression is 'for some reason'. It means 'for an unknown or unspecified reason'.

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