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Quantifiers-Much, Many,A lot of


Quantifiers-Much, Many,A lot of
Hello dear Friends,
I have some difficulty in teaching quantifiers in my class. Because as you can imagine Many and A lot of seem very similar to each other and for students its difficult to differentiate them. What should i do to let them grasp the meaning..thanks for help..

29 Nov 2009      

Czech Republic

I �ve never really thought about it, here are some examples

I have a lot of money. - informal
I have much money. - Very formal and old fashioned. 
I have a lot of things. - informal
I have many things. - formal

I don �t have a lot of money.  - informal
I don �t have much money. - the same as I don �t have a lot of money
I don �t have many things - the same
I don �t have a lot of things - the same

I would say that for lower levels it�s enough just to tell them that "much" and "many" are a tiny bit more formal and that "a lot" doesn�t depend on whether it�s a countable or uncountable noun the way they do. 
Anyone feel free to correct me here, I �ve never taught it so I don �t know the rules . 

29 Nov 2009     


I �ve uploaded  a worksheet with rules and a practice page. That should help I hope (ws on COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS - EXPRESSING QUANTITY - FOOD)

29 Nov 2009     


Check your pm.
Have a nice day,

29 Nov 2009