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Much or Many?

Many people confuse the words much or many. These two words are not used interchangeably, usually in sentences that ask a question or state a negative. In short:

The rule

  • You use much with nouns that are singular and not countable. An example is: How much water is in the fish tank?
  • You use many with nouns that are plural and countable. An example is: How many pizzas should I buy?

Now, it is your chance to practice. Complete the following sentences by using either much or many correctly.

Question 1:
How ? gas do you want me to put in the car?
1 many
2 much
Question 2:
How ? paper is in the copier?
1 much
2 many
Question 3:
How ? pieces of candy should I give each trick-or-treater?
1 much
2 many
Question 4:
Please tell me how ? water I should drink each day.
1 many
2 much
Question 5:
There aren't ? towels to go around.
1 much
2 many
Question 6:
There aren't ? pens for the students to use.
1 much
2 many
Question 7:
How ? exercises did you do this morning?
1 many
2 much
Question 8:
How ? smoke comes out of a barbecue grill?
1 many
2 much
Question 9:
There aren't ? good movies playing at the theater right now.
1 many
2 much
Question 10:
Does it snow ? in the winter?
1 many
2 much
Question 11:
How ? puppies would you like to take home with you?
1 many
2 much
Question 12:
There are too ? dishes for one person to clean.
1 many
2 much
Question 13:
I don't have ? money saved up for vacation.
1 much
2 many
Question 14:
How ? homework do you have tonight?
1 many
2 much
Question 15:
How ? televisions do you have in your home?
1 many
2 much
Question 16:
The school doesn't have ? printers for students to use.
1 many
2 much
Question 17:
This room does not have ? curtains.
1 much
2 many
Question 18:
There is ? fish in the pond.
1 many
2 much
Question 19:
How ? chilis would you like?
1 much
2 many
Question 20:
How ? sentences should I write?
1 many
2 much