How To Use “Many” and “Much” In A Sentence


English language users are fond of using the pronoun or determiner *much* in place of  *many* and vice versa. Some of us are not aware of how they work and when they are to be used. Let’s quickly unravel the confusion behind this misuse.

1 *Many* is used with plural nouns; that is, countable nouns, and plural verbs, most especially in negative sentences, to mean, *”a large number of”*.  It can either be a pronoun or a determiner.


a) I don’t have many clothes left.✅

    Don’t say, *I don’t have much clothes left.*❌

b) You can’t have one each, we haven’t got many. ✅

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c) Many people rejected the offer.✅

      *Don’t say,* Much people rejected the offer.❌ 

*Many* can also be used in questions to ask about the size of a number.

d) How many children do you have?✅

When asked about the rate of people in an event, 

*Don’t Say:* They were much.❌

*Say:* They were many.✅

*Much*, in contrary to *Many*, is used with uncountable nouns, especially in negative sentences, to mean, ‘a large amount of something.’ 


a) I don’t have much salt in my kitchen.✅

 *Don’t say:* I don’t have many salt in my kitchen.❌

 “Salt” happens to be an uncountable noun; therefore, it has to go with *much*, not *many*

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b) I don’t have much money on me. Not, I don’t have many money on me.✅

NB: We all should take cognisance of the fact that, *many* is used for countable nouns, and *much*, is for uncountable nouns, to strengthen the grammaticality of our sentences.

Much can also be an adverb. Example:

*You worry too much.*


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