Student or Learner
Iím afraid I canít go out tonight since I have ________ work to do.Choose one answer.
I think the answer is 4 but I am not sure.
Zaedsul, can you tell us why 1, 2 and 3 don't work?
Not a teacher
Can we use "much"?Work is an uncountable noun.
***** 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 17:40.