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    Many/ positive statement

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    Many/ positive statement
    Message from mohammad51 posted on 21-03-2019 at 11:24:41 (D | E | F)
    Hello
    Could you help me please ?
    Is it correct or wrong ?
    There are many famous people in this film.
    Is using many in the above sentence incorrect?
    Some say ( many ) is not preferable or cannot be used in the positive sentence unless it is modified by ( so or too).

    Here is what is said:
    B Many and much with affirmative verbs
    Many is possible when preceded (i.e. modified) by a good\ a great
    Both are possible when are modified by so\as\too
    I made a good many friends there.
    He has so many jobs that
    She read as much as she could.
    They drink too much ( gin)
    When not modified, many as object or part of the object is usually replaced by a lot\ lots of + noun or by a lot or lots ( pronoun )

    Can I understand or get it that ( many) is never used in the positive sentences?


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    Edited by lucile83 on 21-03-2019 11:46



    Re: Many/ positive statement from gerondif, posted on 21-03-2019 at 15:25:54 (D | E)
    Hello,
    Yes, that's what I was taught.
    Nevertheless, much and many can be seen in affirmative sentences.
    I've done that many times.
    I typed "many casualties linguee" and all the sentences I get are in the affirmative form.
    Link

    So fighting against many in an affirmative sentence looks hopeless to me.



    Re: Many/ positive statement from mohammad51, posted on 29-03-2019 at 06:51:07 (D | E)
    Hello
    Many thanks to you dear teacher gerondif




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