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26. A lot of, lots of, many, much, (a) few and (a) little


1 Introduction

A lot of, lots of, many and much mean a large quantity.
Ron Mason owns a chain of supermarkets. He's made a lot of money.
A few and a little mean a small quantity.
I'd better hurry. My bus goes in a few minutes.

A lot of and lots of go before both plural and uncountable nouns.

We use these words without a noun if it is clear what we mean.
I take photos, but not as many as I used to. At one time I took a lot.
Note that we say a lot without of.

2 A lot of, many and much

As a general rule, we use a lot of and lots of in positive statements and many and much in negatives and questions.


We get a lot of storms here.

We get a lot of rain here.


We don't get many storms here.

We don't get much rain here.


Do you get many storms here?

Do you get much rain here?

How many eggs do we need?

How much salt do we put in?

We use many or much (not a lot of) after too, so and as.
There are too many cars.
I've got
so much work.
I haven't got
as much money as you.

In formal English, we can sometimes use many and much in a positive statement.
Many students have financial problems.
There is
much enthusiasm for the idea.
But this is less usual in conversation, where we normally use a lot of or lots of.

In informal English, you may hear a lot of in a negative or a question.
I don't have many friends / a lot of friends.
Do you eat
much fruit / a lot of fruit?

3 Few and little with and without a

Few and little (without a) can be rather formal. In informal speech we can use these structures.
Not many customers have come in.
Vicky has
n't made much progress.
Only a few customers have come in.
Vicky has made
only a little progress.

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