Welcome to your MUCH / MANY / LITTLE / FEW / A LOT / PLENTY Lesson! In this topic we talk about:
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MUCH / LITTLE / MANY / FEW
We use MUCH and LITTLE with uncountable nouns:
|much time||much energy||little information||little money|
We use MANY and FEW with plural nouns:
|many people||many children||few cars||few houses|
A LOT OF / LOTS OF / PLENTY OF
We use A LOT OF, LOTS OF and PLENTY OF with both uncountable and plural nouns:
|a lot of time||lots of information||plenty of money|
|a lot of people||lots of children||plenty of cars|
PLENTY means “more than enough of”.
MUCH / A LOT OF / A LOT / MANY
MUCH is rarely used in positive sentences:
We didn’t have much time.
We had a lot of time.
They don’t have much money.
They have a lot of money.
We use MANY and A LOT in all types of sentences:
Many people live in London.
A lot of people live in London.
There aren’t many tourists at the market today.
There aren’t a lot of tourists at the market today.
Have you seen many storms?
Have you seen a lot of storms?
Using LITTLE and FEW for negative ideas
We use LITTLE and FEW (without A) to speak about negative ideas:
I’m so tired from work, on the weekend I have little energy to go out.
She doesn’t go out much, she’s got few friends.
LITTLE and FEW can also be used with VERY:
We were quite disappointed by the museum, we received very little information.
He doesn’t like reading, he’s read very few books.
Using A LITTLE and A FEW for positive ideas
A LITTLE means SOME or “a small amount”:
I’m quite tired after work, but I still have a little energy to go out.
A FEW means SOME or “a small number”.
She doesn’t go out much because she only has a few friends.