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    joham is offline Key Member
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    this many books, these many books

    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.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: this many books, these many books

    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.

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