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    #1

    a few / many

    Hello dear teachers
    The grammar says that ( a few ) is used with positive and ( many ) is used with negative and questions. And I have been asked to choose the correct sentence
    1- There are a few nice houses in that street.
    2- There are many nice houses in that street.
    according the rule I have to choose the first one but I have a sense that the second one is correct, too.So would you please illustrate the grammar.
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    another question. Which one is correct ?
    1- I met a lot of fascinated / fascinating people

    Thanks in advance


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    #2

    Re: a few / many

    The grammar says that ( a few ) is used with positive and ( many ) is used with negative and questions. And I have been asked to choose the correct sentence

    I don't know where you read or heard this, but it is not so.

    'a few' : a small number ( to my mind, between 3 and 5)
    'many' : a large number
    So- both of your sentences are correct, and which you writer uses will depend on how many (just a few, or a lot) houses in the street are 'nice'


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    #3

    Re: a few / many

    another question. Which one is correct ?
    1- I met a lot of fascinated / fascinating people


    I met a lot of fascinating people.
    fascinating: the adjective, meaning 'extremely interesting'. That is, the people you met were very interesting people.

    The sentence, "I met a lot of fascinated people" is humourous.
    The reader expects you to write that the other people were interesting to you; so when you write 'fascinated', it strikes the reader that you are saying that all the people you met were extremely interested in you and so how wonderful a person you must be that all these people were so fascinated by you!

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