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A lot of, Much, Many
A lot of, Much and Many
A lot of:
A lot of can be used in all sentences: affirmative, negative and interrogative.
Much - Many:
Much is used with uncountable nouns (for example: much English).
Many is used with countable nouns (for example: many words).
Much and many are used in negative and interrogative sentences.
They are rarely used in affirmative sentences, except:
If they begin a sentence.
-Many went to war, few came back.
-Much of what he said was untrue.
If they are preceded by "so", "as" and "too". And in some expressions with "very".
-There was much noise.
-There was so much noise that I couldn't sleep.
-You can eat many peanuts.
-You can eat as many peanuts as you like.
-They gave us much information.
-They gave us too much information.
-I enjoyed the dinner very much.
In formal or written English.
In affirmative sentences much and many are more often used in formal or written English whereas a lot of/lots of are more common in conversational English.
For example, much and many are generally used in newspaper reports and headlines.
Compare a lot of and a lot.
-Tom has a lot of friends.
-Suzy is talkative. She talks a lot.
I hope that is of some assistance.
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