THE USAGES of MUCH, MANY, FEW, LITTLE, LOTS, A LOT OF, PLENTY

THE USAGES of MUCH, MANY, FEW, LITTLE, LOTS, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Much , many , few, little

We use Much and Little with Uncountable Noun:

For example :

1. I haven’t much time to do it.
2. Have you little money in your pocket?
3. We still have little energy.
4. She hasn’t much luck.

A lot of, lot of, plenty of

We use a lot of / lots of / plenty of with UN or C N Noun

For Example :

1. John had a lot of luck.
2. There are a lot of people here.
3. I have lots of time.
4. She has a lot of books.
5. She has plenty of money.
6. I have plenty of ideas.

We use MUCH and Many mainly in Negative and questions.

1. I did not spend much money.
2. Do you have many friends?

In positive sentences it is usually better to use a lot ( of )

1. We spent a lot of money.
2. There has been a lot of rain recently.

But we use too much and so much in positive sentence.

I can’t drink this tea. There is too much sugar in it.

little / a little / few / a few

Little and few are negative ideas: ( not much/ enough ).

1. Hurry up! There is little time.
2. He’s not popular. He has few friends.

We often use very before little / few.

1. There is very little time.
2. He has very few friends.

A few / a little are more positive ideas: ( some )

1. Let’s go and have a cup of coffee.
We have a little time before the train leaves.
2. I enjoy my life here. I have a few friends here.
3. A few days ago I saw John here.

Only a few and only a little have a negative meaning :

1. Hurry up ! We only have only a little time.
2. The town was very small. There were
only a few houses.

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