Much, many, a lot of (lots of)
We use much, many and a lot of to talk about a large amount; we don’t know the exact amount.
· We usually use much and many in negative sentences and questions:
+ UNCOUNTABLE NOUN We haven’t got much water.
+ COUNTABLE NOUN There aren’t many cans of cola.
· We use a lot of or lots of in positive and negative sentences and questions:
We’ve got a lot of orange juice.
Hurry up! We haven’t got a lot of time.
Were there lots of people at the swimming pool?
We can use these words without a noun when it is clear what we are talking about:
I’ve got some money with me but not much.
I’ve got a lot to do today. (x a lot of to do)
Much and many in positive sentences are formal. We prefer a lot of or lots of for informal use.
Many of the experiments produced useful results. (formal)
Come on. We’ve got a lot of work to do. (informal)
- We have________ oranges.
- We don’t have _______ bananas, and we don’t have ____ fruit juice.
- Do you have any cereal? Sure, there’s ___________ in the kitchen.”
- How ___________ is this? It’s ten dollars.
- How ____ do you want? Six, please.
- He’s very busy; he has ________ work.
- David has ______ rice, but Tyler doesn’t have _______ .
- London has ______ beautiful buildings.
- They eat _____ apples.
- I wrote ______ poems.
Answers: 1. lots of 2, many, much, 3. a lot, 4. much, 5. many, 6. a lot of, 7. lots of, much, 8. a lot of, 9. a lot of, 10. many.