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All Ears English Podcast

Oct 28, 2014

Is it correct to ask how much, or how many in English?

Today, in #4 of the Top 15 Fixes series, we discuss using the words 'much' and 'many' when discussing quantities!


It’s important to think of the meaning of the words much and many, and how each is used differently in counting.


If you're counting something as a mass that can be spilled on the table so that it goes everywhere, you would use the word 'much'. Examples include:

  • Grainy or powdery substances like sugar or flour
  • Liquids, semi-liquids or semi-solids like milk, honey or butter
  • Money (when considered abstractly, as in “too much money”)


If you are counting individual pieces, use the word 'many'. Examples include:

  • Grains such as sugar counted individually
  • Groups of items, like chocolate chips, marshmallows or berries
  • Countable units, such as cups, teaspoons or bags


Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:


Do you have any examples for using much and many in your baking or cooking?

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