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Why use hasn't ... singular? much sunshine sound plural?



 
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Why use hasn't ... singular? much sunshine sound plural? #1 (permalink) Sun May 02, 2010 3:35 am   Why use hasn't ... singular? much sunshine sound plural?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #840 "Rewriting Sentences (2)", question 6

We haven't had much sunshine lately.
There ......... been much sunshine lately.

(a) haven't
(b) had
(c) hasn't
(d) having

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #840 "Rewriting Sentences (2)", answer 6

We haven't had much sunshine lately.
There hasn't been much sunshine lately.

Correct answer: (c) hasn't

Your answer was: incorrect
We haven't had much sunshine lately.
There haven't been much sunshine lately.
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Why use hasn't ...singular? much sunshine sound plural?
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Why use hasn't ... singular? much sunshine sound plural? #2 (permalink) Sun May 02, 2010 9:41 am   Why use hasn't ... singular? much sunshine sound plural?
 

'Sunshine' is an uncountable noun, and always referred to as singular.

You cannot count the sunshine itself, though you can (as in the above example) make a judgemental decision on whether there is a lot of sunshine or a little sunshine.

In case you want to know where it is possible to use the plural 'haven't':
You can count the hours, minutes or days of sunshine, because the units of time are countable.
So we would say:
"There hasn't been much sunshine this month." (uncountable noun - sunshine)
"There haven't been many days of sunshine this month." (countable noun - days)
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