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    Many and Much

    Took another quiz. Sentence read. 'How...police were at the scene?' I inserted 'much' and got it wrong. Should it then be 'many'? Just sounds odd to say 'many police' unless perhaps there was 'officers' added, Making it 'How many police officers were at the scene?' Can one then use 'was' in place of 'were' and make it read as follows, ' How 'much' police 'was' (instead of 'were') at the scene?' Would this be correct?

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    Re: Many and Much

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    Took another quiz. Sentence read. 'How...police were at the scene?' I inserted 'much' and got it wrong. Should it then be 'many'? Just sounds odd to say 'many police' unless perhaps there was 'officers' added, Making it 'How many police officers were at the scene?' Can one then use 'was' in place of 'were' and make it read as follows, ' How 'much' police 'was' (instead of 'were') at the scene?' Would this be correct?
    No. You could say 'How much of a police presence was there?', but 'police' as a noun, on its own, is countable; it means 'police officers' - except in a few cases where it means 'police authority/-ties'.

    There were 240 police at the demonstration.

    But

    The police have banned the sale of replica firearms.

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    Re: Many and Much

    Thanks for that explanation, makes sense now.

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    Re: Many and Much

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    Took another quiz. Sentence read. 'How...police were at the scene?' I inserted 'much' and got it wrong. Should it then be 'many'? Just sounds odd to say 'many police' unless perhaps there was 'officers' added, Making it 'How many police officers were at the scene?' Can one then use 'was' in place of 'were' and make it read as follows, ' How 'much' police 'was' (instead of 'were') at the scene?' Would this be correct?
    I think it's better to write "police officers" in such cases.

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    Re: Many and Much

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think it's better to write "police officers" in such cases.

    Right. Or "policemen"

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    Re: Many and Much

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Right. Or "policemen"
    I have other words for them

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    Re: Many and Much

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    I have other words for them
    Hi


    Why don`t you share them to us ?

    Cops and ..?

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    Re: Many and Much

    Here are a bunch, Teia, and I haven't heard/hadn't heard a lot of them.

    List of slang terms for police officers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Often we get questions from students about what structure can/must be used in certain circumstances. Sometimes, situations arise where two or more can be used. It all depends on the focus of the speaker. Here is one such scenario. Students should be aware that the context, the focus is crucial to deciding what structure is used /can be used.

    I haven't heard = a focus on recently viewing the list and expressing that "up to now", the time of writing this, I haven't heard some of them.

    I hadn't heard = a focus on the past action of viewing the list and having closed that window, I'm writing this thinking, "until I looked at that list".
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    Now I am also getting curious, wonder what those 'other names' could be!!!

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