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Quantifiers (2): much, many, a lot of, (a) little, (a) few
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- We use MUCH with uncountable nouns. It's frequently used in negative and interrogative sentences, but it can also be used in the affirmative:
"There isn't much milk left"
"How much sugar do we have?"
"Do as much as you can"
- We can use MUCH in expressions such as: "so much", "too much"
"There's so much work to do!"
"You work too much"
- We use MANY with countable nouns in the plural. It's frequently used in negative and interrogative sentences, but it can also be used in the affirmative:
"There are many foreign students in my classroom"
"How many apples do we have?"
"I have been in England many times"
- We use MANY in expressions such as: "so many", "too many"
"There were so many people at the concert!"
"There are too many chairs in this room"
- We use A LOT OF with countable and uncountable nouns. It is commonly used in affirmative sentences, although it is possible to see it in questions:
"There are a lot of things to do"
"Do you drink a lot of coffee?"
- When it is not followed by a noun, we do not use the preposition "of":
"Do you have apples? Yes, I have a lot."
1. Complete the following sentences with MUCH, MANY or A LOT (OF). Then, match with the pictures:
1. a                              2.                              3.                           4.                             5.                             6.
a) My sister Anne has got  friends. I can't count them!
b) There isn't  wine left, only a couple of cups. We should buy some more.
c) There were so  ties in the shop that Kevin didn't know which one to choose.
d) Don't worry about the bread. We have  flour in the cupboard, three kilos, I think.
e) How  bread is he baking?
f) There aren't  Christmas decorations this year. Last year, there were more!
2. Change the following sentences into the negative using MUCH or MANY (remember to use capital letters at the beginning of the sentence. Use short forms in verbs. Don't add a full stop at the end (.):
Example: There is a lot of water------------------------ There isn't much water
a) There are a lot of people waiting outside.
b) There were a lot of children in the park yesterday.
c) We spent a lot of time in the shopping centre.
d) My sister has got a lot of homework to do.
e) There is a lot of beer in the fridge.
f) David speaks a lot of foreign languages.
g) The students take a lot of exams during the school year.
h) My father eats a lot of fruit.
i) Young children should drink a lot of milk.
j) She buys a lot of clothes every year.
3. Choose the correct option:
      a) There are  things we can do to help our planet.
     b) You shouldn't eat  hamburguers. You need to follow a healthy diet.
     c) Bill spends  time in front of the TV. He doesn't do any sport and he's getting fat.
     d) Can you buy some butter? There isn't  left.
     e) There were  people waiting for the box office to open that we decided not to buy the tickets.





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