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    a lot

    Are all three sentences OK:
    I used to go to restaurants a lot.
    I used to go to restaurants much.
    I used to go to restaurants very much.

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    Re: a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are all three sentences OK:
    I used to go to restaurants a lot.
    I used to go to restaurants much.
    I used to go to restaurants very much.
    The first one is fine. However, much doesn't work very well there. Instead, say:
    • I used to go to restaurants quite often.

    Or:
    • I used to go to restaurants quite frequently.

    We don't usually use much as an adverb of frequency. However, you can say, "I don't do that very much anymore."

    :)

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    Much is rarely used in the positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Much is rarely used in the positive.
    Sometimes it must be used in formal English, because "a lot of" just doesn't cut it. :wink:

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    I don't use much much, but I use a lot a lot.

    (I had to do it. How many chances was I going to get to say that?)

    :wink:

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    Tdol went to college.
    Now he has much knowledge.

    :wink:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=21079#21079

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I don't use much much, but I use a lot a lot.

    (I had to do it. How many chances was I going to get to say that?)

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Much is rarely used in the positive.
    Sometimes it must be used in formal English, because "a lot of" just doesn't cut it. :wink:
    It is possible,though I'd use an alternative where I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Much is rarely used in the positive.
    Sometimes it must be used in formal English, because "a lot of" just doesn't cut it. :wink:
    It is possible,though I'd use an alternative where I could.
    That displays much wisdom. :wink:

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    Great wisdom?

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