Much / Many / Little / Few / A lot / Plenty

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Welcome to your MUCH / MANY / LITTLE / FEW / A LOT / PLENTY Lesson! In this topic we talk about:

• MUCH / LITTLE /MANY / FEW. 

A LOT OF / LOTS OF / PLENTY OF. 

MUCH / A LOT OF / A LOT / MANY. 

Using LITTLE and FEW for negative ideas. 

Using A LITTLE and A FEW for positive ideas. 

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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.
or
A lot of people live in London.

There aren’t many tourists at the market today.
or
There aren’t a lot of tourists at the market today.

Have you seen many storms?
or
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.

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