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    Iím afraid I canít go out tonight since I have ________ work to do.
    Choose one answer.
    1- much
    2-many
    3-few
    4-some
    I think the answer is 4 but I am not sure.


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    Re: work

    Quote Originally Posted by zaedsul View Post
    I’m afraid I can’t go out tonight since I have ________ work to do.
    Choose one answer.
    1- much
    2-many
    3-few
    4-some
    I think the answer is 4 but I am not sure.

    4 is correct.

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    Re: work

    Zaedsul, can you tell us why 1, 2 and 3 don't work?

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    Re: work

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Zaedsul, can you tell us why 1, 2 and 3 don't work?


    Since work is uncountable noun , we can't use many and few because they are for countable nouns.
    for much I think it is not suitable for this sentence.

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    Re: work

    Not a teacher

    Can we use "much"?Work is an uncountable noun.

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    Re: work

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    4 is correct.
    I would think "much" is the better answer. If you had "some" work to do, you could do it and then go out. If you have much work to do, there is no time for fun.

    Either seems possible to me.

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    Re: work

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Excellent observation, Winwin.

    (2) Maybe this is one of those poorly written tests.

    (3) I checked my books and discovered:

    (a) In affirmative sentences, "much" is considered formal.

    (i) Usually, in affirmative informal speech, we are supposed to say:

    I have a lot of work to do.

    (4) One very good book gives this sentence: "He eats much food every day." Then the authors put a ? in front

    of the sentence. (The Grammar Book by Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman)

    (5) Here is a helpful comment from Practice Exercises in Everyday English for Advanced Foreign Students by Robert J. Dixson (1957). Regents Publishing Company. Pages 96 - 97:

    There is a strong tendency in present day [the book does not say "present-day"] English to replace much in

    positive sentences with a great deal of, a lot of, lots of, plenty of, etc. Thus, although it is grammatically

    correct to say, "He has much money," one more often hears the following forms: "He has a great deal of

    money" or "He has a lot of money."
    Last edited by TheParser; 11-Mar-2012 at 18:40.

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    Re: work

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would think "much" is the better answer. If you had "some" work to do, you could do it and then go out. If you have much work to do, there is no time for fun.

    Either seems possible to me.
    I agree, but "much" is very formal. I'm sure that the tester is expecting "some" as the answer.

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