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    very/too many

    There are ____ many people on the bus now. (A) too (B) very (C) some (D) even
    The answer is option A. Why is option B incorrect?

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    Re: very/too many

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There are ____ many people on the bus now. (A) too (B) very (C) some (D) even
    The answer is option A. Why is option B incorrect?
    B is not incorrect. D is correct also, although it would not be as likely as the other two.

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    Re: very/too many

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    B is not incorrect. D is correct also, although it would not be as likely as the other two.
    I agree with you but D sounds odd from downunder.... I keep expecting the word "more" in there.


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    Re: very/too many

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    B is not incorrect. D is correct also, although it would not be as likely as the other two.
    SGSWE by Biber et. al., 4.7.3., p.75:

    Many and much denote a large quantity: many with plural countable nouns, and much with uncountable nouns. They are used especially with negatives, interrogatives, and some combinations such as very many/much, so many/much, too many/much, a great many, a good many.

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    Re: very/too many

    Quote Originally Posted by mxreader View Post
    I agree with you but D sounds odd from downunder.... I keep expecting the word "more" in there.
    But it's not the 'even more' idea.

    "even many" means that there are not only many people at A, but there are even many people at B now.

    'There are even many people on the bus now.' is a correct sentence.

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    Re: very/too many

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    But it's not the 'even more' idea.

    "even many" means that there are not only many people at A, but there are even many people at B now.

    'There are even many people on the bus now.' is a correct sentence.
    I agree, it's a bad exercise, there is more than one possibility grammatically.

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