Martin Hewings says in his ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE (UINT69):
We can use much and many with this and that as in:
I've never had this much money before.
I searched the DICTIONARY.COM web pages and found 652 results for "this many books" and 162 results of "these many books".
Are both phrases right? Thank you.
Last edited by joham; 30-Apr-2008 at 11:31. Reason: one word is unnecessary.
Both are correct.
This many books is what the shelf will hold - specifies that a particular number of books can be housed.
These many books are what we need for the class - specifies that a multiple number of books are required.