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    #1

    I hve much/ a lot of salad.

    1. I have much salad.

    2. I have a lot of salad.



    Is sentence also grammatical?

    What can I say to my students if they are wondering about sentence 1?

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    #2

    Re: I hve much/ a lot of salad.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. I have much salad.

    What can I say to my students if they are wondering about sentence 1?
    That it's not very natural.

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    #3

    Re: I hve much/ a lot of salad.

    Well it's simply not correct. You use "much" in negative and question sentences.

    How much do you have?
    Do you have much butter?
    I haven't got much left.

    The only positive sentence I can think of where it's used is "we have much to do," which is very old-fashioned.

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    #4

    Re: I hve much/ a lot of salad.

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    Well it's simply not correct. You use "much" in negative and question sentences.

    How much do you have?
    Do you have much butter?
    I haven't got much left.

    The only positive sentence I can think of where it's used is "we have much to do," which is very old-fashioned.
    I was about to post the same thing about its use. I always told my students that "much" in a question or a negative statement is probably correct (depending on context) but trying to use it in a positive statement is rarely a good idea and should be avoided just in case.

    The positive statement I always give as the "exception" is "I have much to say" because I still say that but only in very specific contexts and usually in terms of "Yes, actually, I have much to say on the subject but I will save it for a more appropriate time".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I hve much/ a lot of salad.

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    Well it's simply not correct. You use "much" in negative and question sentences.

    How much do you have?
    Do you have much butter?
    I haven't got much left.

    The only positive sentence I can think of where it's used is "we have much to do," which is very old-fashioned.
    Or after too/so.

    I've wasted too much time.
    I've wasted so much time.

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