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not many #1 (permalink) Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:28 am   not many
 

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Dear to whom may it concern,
Why ‘not many’ is not correct answer? I do know The sentence starts with ‘how much’ but dollar, etc are countable. Would you please explain to me about that?
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not many #2 (permalink) Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:55 am   not many
 

Hello, Mitra:

(1) As I understand it, the question is "really": "How much MONEY do you charge per hour?"

(2) "Money" is usually non-countable. ("Moneys" or "monies" is almost never used by ordinary people. I guess that only government officials, bankers, etc. would ever use the plural.)

(3) And when we ask how much something is, we are probably thinking about the amount, not individual currencies such as the dollar, the pound, the rial, etc.

(4) Of course, if I visited Europe, I might ask: "Excuse me, how MANY euroS will that cost me?"

(5) But I think that it is usually strange for someone in the United States to ask "How MANY dollarS is that?" But, yes, I guess that a

visitor from another country might ask such a question.

(6) In any case, when you are thinking of the word "money," people use "much." People usually say "I don't have much money." I do not think that they would usually say "I don't have many monies/ dollars."

Sincerely,

James

P.S. I think that many people also are confused by "candy." Many learners want to use the plural "candies." But usually we just ask "Would you like some candy?," not "Would you like some candies?" I think that "candies" is only used when you want to emphasize the different kinds of candy. For example, we have a famous company named See's Candies.
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not many #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 21, 2011 13:50 pm   not many
 



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not many #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 21, 2011 19:44 pm   not many
 

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