- For Teachers
What is the difference between
lots of money
a lot of money
Can lots of or a lot of be replaced by "much"
I have much money
I have much energy
There's no difference in meaning between 'lots of money' and 'a lot of money'. 'Lots of money' is slightly less formal than 'a lot of money'.
The forms of 'much' and 'many' are usually used for questions and negatives - so 'Do you have much money?' , 'I don't have much energy.'
You sometimes see the forms used in positive sentences 'I have much to do!' - but it sounds a little old-fashioned and is not common among native speakers.
You can have a lot of money, a great deal of mony, or a considerable amount of money. Where did you get so much money?
I agree that "much" in the positive sounds old-fashioned by itself, but not, as in RonBee's example, when modified.
Our teacher gives us too much homework.
If you put that much rice on every plate, we'll run out before everyone is fed.
He's pretty much washed up now as a contender.
[not a teacher]
Not so much!
That's too much!
Thank you very much!
Much ado about nothing.
We've been waiting much too long!
Too much, too soon!
Last edited by RonBee; 09-Dec-2007 at 08:02. Reason: to add a word ("been")
Oh yes, and if we're doing "too much," let's not forget "TMI," which stands for "too much information." This expression isn't as trendy as it was a few years ago, but you still hear it used when someone is volunteering too many embarrassing details about their health, sex life, etc.:
"No thanks, I'd better not have any black olives on my pizza. Black olives don't agree with me. In fact, the last time I ate black olives, I was in the bathroom for..."
"TMI!" the other diners quickly exclaim.
You're going much too fast.
You talk too much!