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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?
 

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jamiej said:
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!

1. I get a little mail everyday.
2. I get a few letters everyday.
3. I get too many letters everyday.
4. I get several letters everyday.
5. 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?

Use 'little' with non-count nouns
I get little mail . (OK) (i.e., I don't get enough mail)

Use 'few' with count nouns
I get few letters . (OK) (i.e., I don't get enough letters)

I get too many letters. (OK)
I get several letters. (OK)
I get three letters. (OK)

(Note, the compound everyday is an adjective, whereas the two word phrase every day is an adverb.)

Use 'many' with count nouns
There are many cars on the street. (OK)

Use 'much' with non-count nouns
There is too much milk in my glass.

All the best, :D
 
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