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    #1

    not many

    Can one say:


    1-I shouldn't eat many things.
    instead of:
    1a-There are many things I shouldn't eat.


    Can one say:
    2-I shouldn't eat too many things.
    instead of:
    2a-There are too many things I shouldn't eat.
    I know that normally 1 mean either means I should limit myself to a
    small number of things when I am eating (so either the variety or the
    quantity sould be limited), but it seems to me that the sentence could
    have that other meaning and is used in the other case with a strong
    stress on 'many things'
    I think the same applies for 2.

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    #2

    Re: not many

    1 Yes, though it is less clear.
    2 2 works better than 2a, which doesn't sound natural to me.

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