MUCH or MANY or A LOT OF? COUNTABLE or UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS.

MUCH or MANY or A LOT OF?  COUNTABLE or UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS.


Hi guys and welcome back to Love English
I’m Leila and today I’m going to help clarify the use and meaning of two words
in English and ‘much’ and ‘many’ are frequently confused in English the
grammar really isn’t too difficult however the challenge will not
necessarily be much and many but it will be more to do with countable and
uncountable nouns in English these can be a little bit confusing because often
in your native language nouns that are uncountable in English are countable in
your language gets confusing there but I’m going to explain it and help you
understand when to use much and many depending on whether a noun is countable
or uncountable now before we get started I want to make
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use much many and uncountable nouns or countable nouns correctly so in today’s
lesson I’m going to use a cup of tea this is very British of me but I will be
using a cup of tea to illustrate how we use much and many differently and the
problem with nouns in English and why they get a little bit confusing how much
do you guys love a cup of tea how many cups of tea do you drink a day
in those sentences you could see me using both much and many now first of
all let’s understand why we use much and many they are quantifiers they tell us
how much or how little we have of something so the easiest explanation of
much and many is this quite simply much is used with uncountable nouns and many
is used with countable now in the case of tea tea is a liquid we can’t count it
we can’t say one liquid to liquid three liquid in the same way that we could say
one apple two apples three apples so we would use much with liquid how much tea
do you drink but if we’re referring to the cup that the tea is in this is
countable and therefore we can say one cup two cups three cups there you can
see as well with countable nouns we would add a plural s on the end of the
noun so we know there is more than one so quite simply we would
use much and many with question forms with negatives I don’t have much tea I
don’t have many cups but in a positive form we would only really use many to
use much in the positive form is unusual it’s possible but only when you are
speaking very very formally so let’s look at money as an example not just tea
let’s leave the tea for now so money is an uncountable noun and therefore we
need to use it with much now we can say how much money do you have I don’t have
much money but we wouldn’t usually say I have much money you could use it in this
way but it does sound rather formal and it is much more common to say I have a
lot of money or lots of money in this case a lot of is more neutral and lots
of is a little bit more informal that’s the only difference there with a lot and
lots of so with many we can use it with positive negative and question forms how
many people are there there aren’t many people there are many people here
tonight again it is a little bit more common to use a lot of or lots of with
many however it’s not as problematic as using much in the affirmative to say I
have much money or I have much time that sounds really unusual and generally not
acceptable in English so now that we understand much and many let’s try and
understand countable and uncountable nouns in English uncountable nouns in
English are nouns that cannot be quantified in the sense that we can’t
count them that makes sense doesn’t it we can’t say 1 money – money 3 money we
would say 1 pound two pounds three pounds we could talk
perhaps about the the currency in terms of countable
but money itself is a little bit more abstract in the same way we can’t
quantify it nouns like love it’s an abstract noun you can’t say I love you
ten it might sound like a lot but it’s just not logical so abstract ideas or
qualities like beauty for example you can’t say she is ten beauty it’s just
not quantifiable and of course it’s things that are really really small tiny
tiny but you can’t count them rice sand hair I mean you could try and count your
hair but it would be pretty strange liquid as I said earlier gases and also
powders you can’t count powder you can quantify it in terms of its amount in
weight perhaps but you wouldn’t quantify in terms of numbers it doesn’t have a
plural S on the end so some examples of uncountable nouns that we would use with
much would be tea coffee these liquids are uncountable however you can say I’ll
have two coffees in this case you’re not referring to the liquid but you’re
referring to the cup other nouns also include sugar but again sugar can be
quantified you could refer to it as a teaspoon of sugar a lump of sugar a cube
of sugar so if someone says how many sugars do you take they’re not referring
to sugar being a countable noun but they’re referring to a cube of sugar or
a teaspoon of sugar so you can say I’ll have two sugars please ah rice knowledge
Beauty anger fear love money as I said before research safety and evidence are
all some of the uncountable nouns we have in English so how much sugar do you
eat do you eat much sugar how much do you love
me I don’t love her very much but not I love her much it would be I love her a
lot when you want to use the positive form now as I said earlier the problem
with uncountable nouns is that in English
many of these uncountable nouns are actually countable in your language some
of these include words like advice news information furniture time and homework
can you believe it homework is actually uncountable you
wouldn’t say homeworks you would say how much homework do you have not how many
homeworks do you have so this is where you need to pay attention in English you
need to make sure that the noun you are using is actually in fact countable in
English don’t assume because it is countable in your language it will be
countable in English now where we do have nouns like advice information and
news we can quantify them by adding a quantifier so what we would often do is
say a piece of advice or we could use some advice he gave me a great piece of
advice I’ve heard some information I’ve heard a really interesting piece of news
but not a news you would not use an article with them in the singular
there’s quite a lot of information here and I think probably we’re going to need
another lesson on quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns another
important piece of information is the fact that there are some nouns that can
be both countable and uncountable my favorite example is chocolate chocolate
can be uncountable think about chocolate it is a solid liquid of sorts so we
wouldn’t actually refer to chocolate as being countable however when we’re
referring to bars of chocolate or individual chocolates in a box then they
can actually be countable so does get a little bit confusing but
just think can you actually count these nouns one two three four and then
hopefully you’ll understand whether it’s countable or uncountable remembering of
course that uncountable nouns are generally abstract things that are
really really tiny so it’s just ridiculous to try and count them like
hair and as well powders gases and remember when you do
want to use a positive form with uncountable nouns you can use a lot of
or lots of you can use this both with uncountable and countable nouns but many
can be used with question forms negatives and positive sentences so now
we’re gonna have a go and do a little quiz ten sentences to see if you can
guess whether we need a lot of much or many number one we don’t have time
before the train arrives we don’t have time before the train arrives it’s a
question here so would we need much or many we don’t have much time before the
train arrives time is uncountable number two a negative sentence there weren’t
people at the party there weren’t people at the party
it’s another negative so we need much or many people are they countable or
uncountable people but we said people are not people so it’s actually many
there weren’t many people at the party people is an irregular plural we don’t
have an S on the end a bit like children we can count people one person two
people number three she didn’t have money she didn’t have money money
countable or uncountable can we say one two three
money’s no we can’t it is uncountable so she didn’t have much money and before a
question do you have friends do you have friends look there we’ve got a noun with
a plural s so do you have many friends friends are countable and I hope you do
have many friends number five probably very true for me
we ate chocolate today we ate chocolate today this is a positive sentence
talking about a large amount we ate a lot of chocolate today a lot of we
wouldn’t say we ate much chocolate unless we’re trying to be very very
formal it does sound unusual much more common to say we ate lots of or a lot of
however we could say we ate many chocolates because many can be used in
the positive and chocolate can be both countable and uncountable number six how
cards does she have how cars does she have cars or less how many cars does she
have Oh number seven is a little bit tricky
there wasn’t traffic today there wasn’t traffic today traffic it’s
that going to be countable or uncountable well cars accountable there wasn’t much
traffic today traffic is again uncountable you
wouldn’t say traffic’s okay liquids remember do we use much or many and this
is in the positive form sabra drinks coffee sabra drinks coffee sabra drinks a lot of coffee coffee is
uncountable but of course when we are referring to coffees we mean two cups
but in this case I’m just talking generally about the liquid and in the
positive form so I can’t say sabra drinks much coffee I can say she drinks
a lot of coffee a very common mistake that people make did she give you advice
did she give you advice advice countable or uncountable much or many did she give
you much advice you wouldn’t say did she give you many
advice it is uncountable in the same way we would never say advices we’d say a
piece of advice or some advice and finally number 10 whoa that baby has of
hair whoa that baby has of hair in this case at the positive form the
affirmative sentence well that baby has a lot of hair hair is uncountable and we
would use a lot rather than much hair we can’t say many hairs we wouldn’t count
the hairs on the baby’s head alright guys I hope that lesson was helpful and
you were able to understand the difference of when to use much and many
and as well the difference between countable and uncountable nouns make
sure that you like this lesson if I get a positive response to this lesson then
I’ll know that you want to learn more about how to use countable and
uncountable nouns and the quantifiers you can use with them and I can make
another lesson on this subject so thank you so much for watching and don’t
forget to comment below try using much and many in some sentences this is such
a common area for people to make errors so it is worth trying to use them and of
course don’t forget to let us know what other lessons grammar lessons vocabulary
lessons pronunciation lessons you would like to
help you improve your English thank you very much for watching bye

100 comments

  1. There was lots of interesting information for me)) Thanks a lot)) Why,it is really strange,indeed,that in English money can't be count)

  2. and memory ? which one should i use when i tell about memories =i have so much /so many /a lot of / memories to remember .

  3. What a wonderful lesson! You are the Best teacher I have ever seen. Got any money? Not much. How much is this? Take as much time as you like. I have got far too much to do.how much water do you need?we don't have very many books left. How many children do you have? Many people feel that you should make more videos like this. What do you think about the sentences I made using much and many?

  4. Thank you for clear explanation.
    Can you help me? What question is correct to this sentence "They are singing a song.":
    1) Who is singing a song?
    2) Who are singing a song?

  5. Hi!!!!
    Thank you !!!
    Leila: There are many exceptions!!
    Me: There is so much to learn!

    Your vídeos couldn't be better!
    Bye😘😘😘

  6. Quiz time: I have got 10 out of 10.
    I flew with wings of love beyond the walls, because you can not put limits to love… and what amour love dares! Romeo and Juliet

  7. Thanks, very clear explanation of uses "much, many, a lot of". Now I know that "much" and "many" is used in question and negative sentences. "much" – for uncountable nouns, "many" – for countable nouns. "A lot of" is used in affirmative sentences both for countable and uncountable nouns.

  8. Namaste Leila,
    Your this lesson provide very good information about 'countable and uncountable noun' and different between 'much and many' and how to use these words in sentences.
    Thank you.
    1. I spent many days there.
    2. Philip owns many properties in France.
    3. It doesn't need much milk.

  9. Great lesson Leila as always from this wonderful channel ;btw has anyone ever told you that you look like Sandra Bullock ?

  10. A lot of thanks for your lesson on countable and uncountable .it is indeed encouraging lesson to improve English language !

  11. Hi Professor Leila, thank you for this another important video. I had asked yesterday a question vis a vis Zero Conditionals, of course after watching your videos on this topic. The question was that in Zero Conditionals, the rules says that both the Main Clause and the If-clause should be in Present Simple. However, here is a sentence I have encountered, "If an apple drops from a height, it will fall to the ground," as an example of a Zero Conditional sentence. My problem is why the Future Simple tense in the Main Clause there. Does it not then look like a Type 1 Conditional? Could you help me here, please? Waiting for your kind reply. Thank you.

  12. Leila is an arabic name it means a night and sabrah yesterday told me that her name means patience in arabic ..that is cool ..by the way speak very good arabic and i am not arab

  13. I enjoyed the video lesson on the use of" Much Many and a lot of "very much.Madam I would like to learn about the Different types & uses of CLAUSES" used in English language.So I request you to kindly to make next video lesson on "CLAUSES "and oblige me.From India

  14. Hi, thank you for the video. Could you, please, clarify a bit the phrase 'get replies from Sabrah and I', grammatically?

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  16. Thank you to Leila and Sabrah for posting many more videos much more frequently than you had been in the past. Your valuable lessons allow me to brush up a lot of elementary topics that I had not thought of previously. 👍

  17. If you want to be native speaker , just follow the lovely teacher 😍😍😍leila you can't imagine how much i love your outstanding lessons …
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  18. Hi Leila as always a great lesson
    I really like your videos I learn a lot from them and you look beautiful
    Have a great week you and Sabrah 😉👍

  19. I am really grateful for you on this lesson ,thank you so much , you are perfect , your lesson was really useful for me . I hope to see you again in another video.

  20. Countable vs Uncountable 😀

    We do differentiate them but the differentiation does not impact Polish grammar in terms of determiners 🙂

    It is a spectacular lesson Leila, superb explanation, and creativity! 🙂

    P.S. 1. Is my "ear' right to hear you Leila pronouncing money as /ˈmʌn.i/ whereas Sabrah says /ˈmɒn.i/ (that is more common for nothern accent)? 🙂

    P.S. 2. Money is countable in Polish 🙂

    P.S. 3. Quiz passed 10 out of 10 🙂

  21. It's obvious, we're saying: How much love you need and how many shoes are you buying, Leila? Yes, I think the sugar can be countable, sugar baby, Well, in this case, I guess that the sugar is not a noun, but a sweet baby, adjective. But can we say:
    Sabrah drinks zero coffee.

  22. Hey Laila kaise Ho Laila,,,, in Indian language we say so…… How do you do Laila????? I have so many purses but I don't have much money at the moment……..

  23. Mam! Is is correct
    I love you so much.
    It is a positive sentence.

    Thank you so much / very much?
    Please differentiate very and much.

    Your lessons are really helpful. Thank you!

  24. Hi Leila! Could we say "One Love" was a song title album of an English boy band "Blue" which the hits album in 2002? If so, is it acceptable in English if anyone says two loves, three loves or even ten loves? Is that grammatically incorrect in English?

  25. Nice layout for presenting your videos, simple, effective and clear.
    Thanks so much, you are both amazing.
    Much appreciated

  26. 1) we don"t have much before the train arrives. 2 ) There weren"t many people at the party. 3 ) She hasn"t much money 4) Do you have many / a lot of friends? …. Thanks a lot for an interesting lesson

  27. Hi! Now it is clear for me that i should say not 'I love you very much' but ' I love you a lot'. So what about 'Thank you very much' 、which is used in a positive sentence ?

  28. Could you please help me..
    Which option is correct ..

    A- both the girls are tall
    B- both of the girls are tall..

    Please I'll be obliged to you..
    Tell me..
    You have to pick only one option..
    This just literally confuses me a lot..😭

  29. Counting stars is as hard as counting hair.But star is countable and hair is uncountable. So English is not a fair language and has it own prejudices!

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