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    Question Many :: Much

    I just took this test on his website.

    Question #: 7:
    We use many more in the negative than in the positive.
    User's answer: False
    Correct answer: True
    Additional Notes:

    Question #: 10: We use much more in the negative than in the positive.
    User's answer: True
    Correct answer: True
    Additional Notes:

    If i got number 7 wrong, how is 10 right?

    I know 10 is the correct one, but isnt number 7 incorrect.

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    Re: Many :: Much

    Many and much are much more awkward in the affirmative than in the negative.
    The technical name for this phenomenon (of being OK in the negative but not in
    the affirmative) is "negative polarity".

    Question #: 7
    We use many more in the negative than in the positive.
    Question #: 10
    We use much more in the negative than in the positive.


    Other examples of such "Negative Polarity Items" are:

    budge He didn't budge. / *He budged.
    a red cent I don't/*do have a red cent.

    any( )more It's hard/*easy to find a good bagel any more.
    (except in the American "positive any more" idiolects,
    in which 'any( )more' is equivalent with 'nowadays')

    at all He won't/*will do his homework at all.

    yet He hasn't/*has arrived yet.

    in weeks, in ages, He hasn't/*has been here in ...
    in a coon's age,
    in donkey's years,
    in the longest time

    last long, This won't/*will last/take/be long.
    take long, This won't/will last/take/be a long time.
    be long (But NOT: a long time)

    bother (+ V-ing) I didn't bother notifying him.
    *I bothered notifying him.

    can seem to (+ V-inf) I can't/*can seem to find my glasses.


    Source Negative Polarity Items

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