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  1. LarryJo
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    #1

    Much vs. many

    On a message board, the following sentence came up:

    How much drugs did we get?

    Nothing nefarious in the subject matter by the way. It did start an argument over the grammar of the sentence however. I realize one's first inclination is to say that is bad grammar, but is it really? I find the alternative; to use the word "many", just as awkward. Can you help?

  2. sandraatteya
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    #2

    Re: Much vs. many

    Did we get many drugs?

    Changing the word order, and the use of many in preference to much, makes the sentence less awkward; and retains the meaning of the question.

  3. M56
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    #3

    Re: Much vs. many

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryJo
    On a message board, the following sentence came up:

    How much drugs did we get?

    Nothing nefarious in the subject matter by the way. It did start an argument over the grammar of the sentence however. I realize one's first inclination is to say that is bad grammar, but is it really? I find the alternative; to use the word "many", just as awkward. Can you help?
    Did the person buy or get prescribed more than one type of drug? If so, "many" is correct.

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    Re: Much vs. many

    Try rewriting the ssentence without 'drugs' if it is a single drug to avoid the problem:
    How much were you prescribed?

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