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  1. Anonymous
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    How many and how much

    Could someone please tell me how to explain to a foreigner in a simple manner, the difference between How many and How much?
    I would be very grateful.

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    Use how many with count nouns and how much with noncount nouns.

  3. Pat
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    I always tell my students that we use "how much" for uncountable nouns, that nouns that we canīt count. An good tip is that "how mUch" is for Uncountable. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat
    I always tell my students that we use "how much" for uncountable nouns, that nouns that we canīt count. An good tip is that "how mUch" is for Uncountable. :)
    That is a good one. :D

    Here are a couple of lists of example usages.

    how many
    • apples
      oranges
      bananas
      peanuts
      glasses
      bottles
      cups
      dollar bills
      coins
      papers
      questions
      answers
      wishes


    how much
    • water
      milk
      beer
      love
      energy
      equipment
      desire
      money
      information
      air


    What do you think?

    :)

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  5. Pat
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    I think they are wonderful examples. Oh, I usually ask my students:
    "Can I count water?"
    "No, we can count glass of water"

    "Can I count money?"
    "No, we can count Dollars, Euros, Reais..."

    Thanks for the welcome!!! :wink:

    I think itīs a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas!

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    Some nouns are count nouns sometimes and noncount nouns other times. Example:
    • I would like some orange juice.


    In that sentence, juice is a noncount noun. The person is expressing a desire for some juice.

    Example:
    • When I go to the store, I like to get some juices.


    In that sentence, juice is a count noun. When the person says some juices he is talking about cans or bottles of juice (possibly different kinds).

    :)

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    #7
    Some nouns are count nouns sometimes and noncount nouns other times. Example:
    • I would like some orange juice.


    In that sentence, juice is a noncount noun. The person is expressing a desire for some juice.

    Example:
    • When I go to the store, I like to get some juices.


    In that sentence, juice is a count noun. When the person says some juices he is talking about cans or bottles of juice (possibly different kinds).

    :)

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