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    Re: much/many

    So, 'Three years have passed' but 'Three years is a short time."

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    #12

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    Yes. In other words, and speaking of years:

    [1] Many years have gone by. <count>
    [2[ Much time has gone by. <non-count>

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    #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Yes. In other words, and speaking of years:

    [1] Many years have gone by. <count>
    [2[ Much time has gone by. <non-count>
    So, Three years have passed is incorrect.
    It should be Three years have gone by.
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    #14

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    Note the phrase in other words.

    Passed and gone by are synonymous.

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    #15

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    Thanks for the clarification.


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    #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    (1) It takes as much as two hours to get to the station.
    (2) It takes as many as two hours to get to the station.

    Which is the correct sentence?

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    I wouldn't use either of those, I would use

    'it takes as long as two hours to get to the station.'

    The sentence is talking about a period of time, not a quantity of hours, so it is a bit odd to use much or many



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    (By the way, is a full stop needed after 'wishes'. I believe in BrE it is not needed. But I don't know about the American way.)
    If it is the end of the sentence, it gets a full stop. If it isn't the end of the sentence, it doesn't get a full stop. That applies in both British and American English.

    Best wishes,

    Andrew
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    #17

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    Thanks, Andrew, for the detailed reply.

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    #18

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    Hi, Koh! Casiopea asks how her punctuation is.
    I think her English is good. Don't you think so?
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    By the way, how's my punctuation?(Casiopea)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Hi, Koh! Casiopea asks how her punctuation is.
    I think her English is good. Don't you think so?
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    By the way, how's my punctuation?(Casiopea)
    I would say I have never detected any punctuation errors in her replies to me. So it should be a score of 100%. As for her English, it should be also 100%.

    I think I need some coaching in punctuation. Please point out to me any errors in punctuation in all my posts. It would be much appreciated.

    Best wishes.
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    #20

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I would say I have never detected any punctuation errors in her replies to me. So it should be a score of 100%.

    I think I need some coaching in punctuation. Please, point out to me any errors in punctuation in all my posts. It would be much appreciated.

    Best wishes.
    I'll gladly help you improve your punctuation, of course. Why don't you ask Casiopea? Her punctuation is much better.

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