# How many and how much

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#### Anonymous

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Could someone please tell me how to explain to a foreigner in a simple manner, the difference between How many and How much?
I would be very grateful.

#### RonBee

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Use how many with count nouns and how much with noncount nouns.

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#### Pat

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I always tell my students that we use "how much" for uncountable nouns, that nouns that we can´t count. An good tip is that "how mUch" is for Uncountable.

#### RonBee

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Pat said:
I always tell my students that we use "how much" for uncountable nouns, that nouns that we can´t count. An good tip is that "how mUch" is for Uncountable.

That is a good one.

Here are a couple of lists of example usages.

how many
• apples
oranges
bananas
peanuts
glasses
bottles
cups
dollar bills
coins
papers
questions
wishes

how much
• water
milk
beer
love
energy
equipment
desire
money
information
air

What do you think?

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#### Pat

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I think they are wonderful examples. Oh, I usually ask my students:
"Can I count water?"
"No, we can count glass of water"

"Can I count money?"
"No, we can count Dollars, Euros, Reais..."

Thanks for the welcome!!! :wink:

I think it´s a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas!

#### RonBee

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Some nouns are count nouns sometimes and noncount nouns other times. Example:
• I would like some orange juice.

In that sentence, juice is a noncount noun. The person is expressing a desire for some juice.

Example:
• When I go to the store, I like to get some juices.

In that sentence, juice is a count noun. When the person says some juices he is talking about cans or bottles of juice (possibly different kinds).

#### RonBee

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Some nouns are count nouns sometimes and noncount nouns other times. Example:
• I would like some orange juice.

In that sentence, juice is a noncount noun. The person is expressing a desire for some juice.

Example:
• When I go to the store, I like to get some juices.

In that sentence, juice is a count noun. When the person says some juices he is talking about cans or bottles of juice (possibly different kinds).

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