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Loads of vs. many #1 (permalink) Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:24 am   Loads of vs. many
 

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ESL/EFL Test #101 "Money Slang Expressions", question 1

Mary: Did you know there are ......... of slang words for money, like bread for example?

(a) many
(b) piles
(c) loads
(d) buckets

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #101 "Money Slang Expressions", answer 1

Mary: Did you know there are loads of slang words for money, like bread for example?

Correct answer: (c) loads

Your answer was: incorrect
Mary: Did you know there are many of slang words for money, like bread for example?
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Please explain what is the reason why we must use loads instead of many?
Thank you very much for your help

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Loads of/many #2 (permalink) Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:57 am   Loads of/many
 

Hi Kelly,

You can't say many of slang words - you can say many slang words. In this sentence you need loads of.

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Loads of/many #3 (permalink) Sat May 16, 2009 16:05 pm   Loads of/many
 

Alan wrote:
Hi Kelly,

You can't say many of slang words - you can say many slang words. In this sentence you need loads of.

Alan

Hi Alan,
What about using piles instead of loads? Doesn't it also mean "many"?
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Loads of/many #4 (permalink) Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:21 am   Loads of/many
 

Words can hardly be piled.
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Loads of vs. many #5 (permalink) Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:00 am   Loads of vs. many
 

In this particular sense, they can't be loaded either, Gheon! ;D However, the essence of what you say is true.

All four words can mean 'many', Xiao. The point of the exercise is to be able to identify the correct synonym to match the context.

I always tell my pupils (English first language or not) that in a multiple choice question they should consider each word carefully, weighing up each one against the others. There is almost always a second word which is nearly right, but only one which is absolutely perfect for that context.
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