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    Multiple choice option [so much paper/so many papers]

    To write her report Sally used …….. that she had to buy some more.
    a)so much paper (Answer Key)
    b)too much paper
    c)too many papers
    d)so many papers

    Hi, I have some questions about the above test:
    These are my questions:
    1. To me the above test is difficult to recognize whether the word "paper" refers to number 1 or 7 of Oxford (1 or 7, 8, 9 of Longman). Is there any clue? I mean the word "paper" in my test can be countable and uncountable. Isn't it?
    2. Can option "d" be correct as well?

    Oxford Dictionary says:
    Paper:
    1. [U] the thin material that you write and draw on and that is also used for wrapping and packing things.
    2. [C] a newspaper.
    3. [pl.] pieces of paper with writing on them, such as letters, pieces of work or private documents.
    4. [pl.] official documents that prove your identity, give you permission to do sth, etc.
    5. [C] (BrE) a set of exam questions on a particular subject; the answers that people write to the questions.
    6. [C] an academic article about a particular subject that is written by and for specialists.
    7. [C] (NAmE) a piece of written work done by a student.
    8. [C, U] paper that you use to cover and decorate the walls of a room.

    Longman Dictionary says:
    Paper:
    1. [U] material in the form of thin sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc
    2. [C] a newspaper.
    3. [pl.] pieces of paper with writing on them that you use in your work, at meetings etc.
    4. [pl.] documents and letters concerning someone's private or public life.
    5. [pl.] official documents such as your passport, identity card etc.
    6. [C] (BrE) a set of printed questions used as an examination in a particular subject, and the answers people write.
    7. [C] a piece of writing or a talk on a particular subject by someone who has made a study of it.
    8. [C] (NAmE) a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university.
    9. [C] a report prepared by a government or committee on a question they have been considering or a proposal for changes in the law.
    10. [C, U] paper for covering and decorating the walls of a room.
    11. [C, U] stocks and shares that can be bought and sold on a financial market.
    12. [U] soft thin paper used for cleaning yourself after you have used the toilet.

    Source: taken from school exam sheets
    Thank you
    Last edited by sb70012; 16-Oct-2013 at 10:36. Reason: Just added the source

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    Re: Multiple choice option [so much paper/so many papers]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    To write her report Sally used .. that she had to buy some more.
    a)so much paper (Answer Key)
    b)too much paper
    c)too many papers
    d)so many papers

    Hi, I have some questions about the above test:
    These are my questions:
    1. To me the above test is difficult to recognize whether the word "paper" refers to number 1 or 7 of Oxford (1 or 7, 8, 9 of Longman). Is there any clue? I mean the word "paper" in my test can be countable and uncountable. Isn't it?
    2. Can option "d" be correct as well?

    Oxford Dictionary says:
    Paper:
    1. [U] the thin material that you write and draw on and that is also used for wrapping and packing things.
    2. [C] a newspaper.
    3. [pl.] pieces of paper with writing on them, such as letters, pieces of work or private documents.
    4. [pl.] official documents that prove your identity, give you permission to do sth, etc.
    5. [C] (BrE) a set of exam questions on a particular subject; the answers that people write to the questions.
    6. [C] an academic article about a particular subject that is written by and for specialists.
    7. [C] (NAmE) a piece of written work done by a student.
    8. [C, U] paper that you use to cover and decorate the walls of a room.

    Longman Dictionary says:
    Paper:
    1. [U] material in the form of thin sheets that is used for writing on, wrapping things etc
    2. [C] a newspaper.
    3. [pl.] pieces of paper with writing on them that you use in your work, at meetings etc.
    4. [pl.] documents and letters concerning someone's private or public life.
    5. [pl.] official documents such as your passport, identity card etc.
    6. [C] (BrE) a set of printed questions used as an examination in a particular subject, and the answers people write.
    7. [C] a piece of writing or a talk on a particular subject by someone who has made a study of it.
    8. [C] (NAmE) a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or university.
    9. [C] a report prepared by a government or committee on a question they have been considering or a proposal for changes in the law.
    10. [C, U] paper for covering and decorating the walls of a room.
    11. [C, U] stocks and shares that can be bought and sold on a financial market.
    12. [U] soft thin paper used for cleaning yourself after you have used the toilet.

    Thank you
    The only logical answer is a).

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    Re: Multiple choice option [so much paper/so many papers]

    Thank you but didn't you read my question number 1?

    To me the above test is difficult to recognize whether the word "paper" refers to number 1 or 7 of Oxford (1 or 7, 8, 9 of Longman). Is there any clue? I mean the word "paper" in my test can be countable and uncountable. Isn't it?

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    Re: Multiple choice option [so much paper/so many papers]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thank you but didn't you read my question number 1?
    Yes, I did read your question. In the context given "paper" is uncountable. Definition #1 applies.

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