The video below will help you understand the difference between MUCH and MANY in English.
Remember, we use MANY with nouns (things) we CAN COUNT, and MUCH with nouns (things) we CANNOT COUNT.
Watch the video and read more explanations below. When you’ve learned, take the Easy English Quiz. Happy learning!
Here are some more examples:
COFFEE/ TEA/ WATER + MUCH
We CANNOT COUNT coffee/ tea/ water, we count the CUPS of coffee/ tea/ water.
- I had too MUCH coffee in the morning.
- How MANY CUPS of coffee did you have this morning?
BREAD + MUCH
We CANNOT COUNT bread, we count the LOAVES of bread or SLICES bread.
- I try not to eat too MUCH bread.
- How MANY SLICES of bread do you eat at dinner?
RICE/ SUGAR/ SALT + MUCH
We CANNOT COUNT rice/ sugar/ salt, we count the SPOONS of sugar/ salt.
- I never use too MUCH salt when I cook.
- How MANY SPOONS of sugar would you like?
APPLE/ ORANGE/ TOMATO/ POTATO + MANY
We usually CAN COUNT vegetables and fruit.
- I have 3 bananas in my bag. They are too MANY.
- How MANY tomatoes do you put in a salad.
CHOCOLATE/ CAKE + MUCH/ MANY
We CAN COUNT chocolates and cakes. But sometimes we don’t.
- There are MANY chocolates and cakes in the store.
- I had too MUCH chocolate and cake. I don’t want any more.
MONEY/ TIME + MUCH
We CANNOT COUNT time and money. We can count the TIMES/ BANKNOTES/ COINS
- I have to go. I do not have much time any more.
- I cannot buy this now, because I do not have much money.
TIMES is different from TIME.
- I told you MANY times, that we do not have MUCH time anymore.