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Much, Many, A Lot - adjectives -
Focus Grammar
Description Let's practise the use of MUCH, MANY and A LOT OF X used as an adjective.
Instructions Click on the words at the bottom and drag them into the empty boxes of the sentence to complete it.
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Did she win ______________________ money at the lottery? many / lots of
______________________ people do you know? How many / How much
Do you usually put ______________________ cream in your coffee? a lot of / many
______________________ children have you got? How much / How many
I have ______________________ friends in this city much / a lot of
There are ______________________ flowers in the garden lots of / much
Is there ______________________ traffic on the road? many / much
I don't know ______________________ people in this town many / much
______________________ milk do you drink every day? How many / How much
My friend didn't want to drive ______________________, so we took the train too many / very much / many
She doesn't know ______________________ people in this school much / a lot of
He doesn't have ______________________ courage much / many
We don't need ______________________ food, we're not hungry many / much
She drinks ______________________ coffee much / too much / many
You need ______________________ water to fill in that tank very much / much / many / too much
I don't have ______________________ sugar left many / a lot of
She has ______________________ patience a lot of / many
George doesn't drink ______________________ wine, just a little lots of / many
Don't drink ______________________ wine, it gets to your head many / very much
There are ______________________ children in the garden many / very much / much
Do you need ______________________ money? many / much
______________________ food can I take? How much / How many
I have ______________________ time to wait, so no problem lots of / many
Do you spend ______________________ time playing computer games? a lot of / many
Have they got ______________________ children? a lot of / much
I don't drink ______________________ coffee much / many
Have you got ______________________ brothers and sisters? much / many
I will not be ______________________ time here many / much
You need ______________________ chairs for all those people many / much
I bought ______________________ flowers for you a lot of / much
They need ______________________ books for school a lot of / much
______________________ times do you go there? How much / How many
______________________ patience do I need? How much / How many
Kevin doesn't work ______________________ hours much / many / very much
Have you got ______________________ petrol in the tank? many / much
She works ______________________ hours a lot of / much
They don't want to have ______________________ children a lot of / much
There's not ______________________ petrol in the tank, we must fill it in many / a lot of
Does he have ______________________ cars? much / many
My father doesn't have ______________________ shoes much / many
Do you need ______________________ time to finish that? much / many
Do you know ______________________ people here? many / much
______________________ apples can you eat in one day? How much / How many
We need ______________________ time to complete this a lot of / many
They don't want to have ______________________ children much / many
Do we need ______________________ chairs? many / much
______________________ sugar do you like in your coffee? How many / How much
I have ______________________ friends in Spain very much / many / much
Do you usually have ______________________ tea for breakfast? many / a lot of
James doesn't eat ______________________ biscuits, that is Megan lots of / much
Total number of items: 50
This is an activity from Multimedia-English


We use MUCH for uncountable nouns (singular) and MANY for countable nouns (plurals).

Both can be used in interrogative and negative sentences. MUCH is never used in positive sentences (but we can use "very/too much"). MANY can be used in affirmative sentences, but not often.

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Plurals (Many) Many Many
(very much) Much Much

Plurals a lot
a lot
a lot
a lot
a lot
a lot

A LOT OF X, or more colloquially: LOTS OF X, can be used in any situation (countables, uncountables, interrogative, negative, affirmative).

I know many stories
There aren’t many children here
Have you got many brothers?

I drank too much coffee today
I don’t drink much water in the meals
Have you got much experience with this?

You must eat a lot of fruit
I don’t have a lot of friends here
Do you have a lot money?

+ I've got many friends / I've got a lot of friends
- I haven't got many friends / I haven't got a lot of friends
? Have you got many friends? / have you got a lot of friends?

+ I've drunk very much coffee / I've drunk a lot of coffee
- I haven't drunk (very) much tea / I haven't drunk a lot of tea
? have you drunk (very) much coffee? / have you drunk a lot of wine?

I've got lots of friends
I don't need lots of things
have you drunk lots of coffee?

 The question is HOW MUCH? (singular) or HOW MANY? (plural)

- How much coffee have you drunk? - A lot, maybe too much.
- How many people live in your house? - Not many, four.