Oh dear, you have got too much/many.

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(My original conversation)

[Jane comes home with a new bag]
Tom: Another new bag? Oh dear, you have got too much/many.
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I think that the sentence can mean "... you have got too much (stuff)/many (bags)", so both "too much" and "too many" work.

What do you think?
 

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Oh dear, you have got too much/many.
It is ambiguous. The thing referred to as too much/many could mean the bag, which is countable, or the luxury of having one, which is uncountable.
 

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I would expect "many" in that context, and for it to refer to the number of bags the person has, particularly since the speaker opens with "Another bag?"

To use "much", I'd expect a different utterance, such as "More shopping?! Why? You've got too much stuff already!"
 

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I would expect "many" in that context, and for it to refer to the number of bags the person has, particularly since the speaker opens with "Another bag?" [...]
Is the "for" here used after some adjectives, nouns, and verbs for saying who or what does an action or is in a state? For example,

It was difficult for me to understand what he was saying.

It’s time for us to go.

All I want is for you to be happy.
 
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