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When do we use much and when do we use many?



 
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #1 (permalink) Thu Mar 16, 2006 15:37 pm   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #52 "Much, many, a lot, lots", question 10

Do you have ......... ants in your house?

(a) much
(b) many
(c) a lot
(d) very

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #52 "Much, many, a lot, lots", answer 10

Do you have many ants in your house?

Correct answer: (b) many

Your answer was: incorrect
Do you have much ants in your house?
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many is used for countable things, does ants are countable?
why we use much why not many?
please explain.

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Countable nouns #2 (permalink) Thu Mar 16, 2006 19:56 pm   Countable nouns
 

You are right deepti, the word ant is countable, which means it has a plural form (ants) and therefore the correct answer is many ants.

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When do we use much and when do we use many? #3 (permalink) Mon Jan 11, 2010 18:01 pm   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

hi,
even ant a countable noun but (do you think that we can count them?!)
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #4 (permalink) Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:19 am   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

Hi
I would like to know the difference betwin "a lot " and "many"
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #5 (permalink) Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:37 am   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

Why I can't use a lot of , what is difference between a lot of and many, both are countable. Thank you.
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #6 (permalink) Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:31 am   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

You could use 'a lot of', but this is not an option in the test. There is no 'of'. 'Do you have a lot ants'... is incorrect.
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unable to count "ant" so Un.C. #7 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:47 am   unable to count "ant" so Un.C.
 

Hi

I agree that we can say: "There is one ant." or "There are 2 ants."
But it isn't really countable after all, is it?
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Re: unable to count "ant" so Un.C. #8 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:52 am   Re: unable to count "ant" so Un.C.
 

Maniss wrote:
But it isn't really countable after all, is it?

Why?
Can you count ants?
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Re: unable to count "ant" so Un.C. #9 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:04 am   Re: unable to count "ant" so Un.C.
 

see, when there are lots of this creature around, how can you count them?!
but, anyway, as this is another rule in Grammar of English, I think It's not worth it to discuss about it. Do you agree?
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #10 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:18 am   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

You could count them given the time, inclination and energy. It's a simple as that. They can be numbered therefore they are classed as countable.
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When do we use much and when do we use many? #11 (permalink) Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:23 am   When do we use much and when do we use many?
 

hmm,.. seems you're right!
thanks for your persuasive answer! ;)
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