The words much and many are both used to express quantities. Because they both mean a lot of, they are sometimes confused and used incorrectly in speech and writing.
The rule for the use of much and many is straightforward. One is used with countable nouns and the other with uncountable nouns.
Many is used when the noun being referred to is a countable noun. Countable nouns are used to name beings and objects that we can count.
There are many mangoes on this tree.
This college has many students.
I saw many birds in the field.
Much is used when the noun being referred to is an uncountable noun. Uncountable nouns are used to name beings and objects that we cannot count.
We don’t have much time to waste.
The students didn’t put much effort into the work.
Everyone had so much fun at the party last night.
COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID
|The manager owns much houses in the capital.||The manager owns many houses in the capital.|
|Rafiou doesn’t have much friends.||Rafiou doesn’t have many friends.|
|We heard that so much times already.||We heard that so many times already.|
Now, test yourself!
- Build 4 sentences using MANY correctly.
- Build 4 sentences using MUCH correctly.