Noncount nouns and determiners-please help!!

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jamiej

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the book says these are not correct but I think they are so I'm wondering if the book is wrong. Please let me know!

I get a little mail everyday.
I get a few letters everyday.
I get too many letters everyday.
I get several letters everyday.
I get three letters everyday.

The book says all of these are wrong. Why?!

Why would I say 'there are too many cars in the street?'
and not 'There are too much cars in the street?'
 

Wai_Wai

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Because of English rules:

mail (normally uncount)
Eve native speakers don't know, mail is uncount. So we can only say "a piece of mail".
Mail is countable only if it means letter/parcel etc. delivered/collected at one secific time/period

letter (cuntable)
It means mail.

everyday (adj)
every day (with a space in between!!) (adv)


"Many" can only be used for countable nouns
"Much" can only be used for uncountable nouns.

Determiners for count noun only
- a few, few, many

Determiners for uncount noun only
- a little, little, a great deal, a good deal

Determiners for both
- some, a lot of, lots of



To correct your statements:
I get a few pieces of mail every day.
I get a few letters every day.
I get too many letters every day.
I get several letters every day.
I get three letters every day.
There are too many cars in the street
 
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