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    much & a great deal (of)

    Three senior high school English exercises:
    1. In the view of the foreign experts, there wasn’t ______ oil here. (All of A, B and C can be used to modify uncountable nouns. I can't distinguish)
    A. much B. lots of C. a great deal of D. many
    2. The large houses are being painted, but ______. (Have no idea)
    A. of great expense B. at a great expense C. in a lot of expenses D. by high expense
    3. Computers can do ______ work in a short time, but a man can not do ______ by himself. (I think B & C both work.)
    A. great many…many B. a great deal of…much
    C. much…a great deal D. many…a great many
    Please give your answers and why you choose them.
    I really appreciate it if anyone can give a hand.
    Waiting for your help.

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    Re: much & a great deal (of)

    I am not a teacher.

    1. I would not use B. A and C are both possible, but A is the most natural.

    2. I assume the expected answer is B, but I would prefer 'at great expense' without the 'a'.

    3. B and C do both work, but my natural choice would be B.

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    Re: much & a great deal (of)

    I don't understand what "at great expense" means in the second sentence. Can you help me?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: much & a great deal (of)

    I am not a teacher.

    It means, 'at a high cost'. In other words, painting the houses is expensive.

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    #5

    Re: much & a great deal (of)

    I think it's much easier to say "it's expensive" than "at great expense". So do you really say something in this way?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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