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Grammar / Exercises (Much, many, little, few, a lot, plenty)


We use much and little with uncountable nouns.

much time little energy

we use a lot of/lots of /plenty of with uncountable and plural(countable) nouns

a lot of luck lots of time plenty of money

a lot of friends lots of people plenty of ideas

We use much/many especially in negative and interrogative sentences.

We didn’t spend much money.

Do you know many people?

In positive sentences a lot (of) is more usual.

We spent a lot of money.

He goes out a lot.

Little and few (without ‘a’) are negative ideas.

We must be quick.There is little time.

He isn’t popular.He has few friends.

A little and a few are more positive.

We have got a little time before the train leaves.

Do you speak English? “A little ”

When did you see him? “A few days ago”.


1. Put in much or many

1.Did you buy much food?
2. There aren’t many hotels in this town.
3. We haven’t got much petrol.
4. Were there many people on the train?
5. Did many students fail the examination?
6. She hasn’t got much money.
7. I haven’t seen him for many years.

2. Fill in much/many/a lot of

1. Sue drinks a lot of tea.
2. We didn’t spend a lot of money.
3. We’ll have to hurry. We haven’t got much time.
4. He always puts a lot of salt on his food.
5. I use the phone a lot of at work.
6. Did it cost much to repair the car?
7. I don’t know many people in this town.

3. Complete the sentences. Use much or many with one of these words.

books, countries, luggage, people, time, times

1. I don’t read very much. I haven’t got many books.
2. Quick! We must hurry. We haven’t got much time.
3. Do you travel a lot? Have you been to many countries?
4. She hasn’t lived here very long, so she doesn’t know many people.
5. Have you got much luggage? No, only this bag.
6. I know Paris very well. I’ve been there many times.

4. Put in little/a little/few/a few

1. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
2. This town is not a very interesting place to visit, so few tourists come here.
3. I don’t think he would be a good teacher. He has got a little patience.
4. Would you like milk in your coffee? Yes, please a little.
5. Have you ever been to Paris? Yes I have been there a few times.
6. There was a little traffic so the journey didn’t take very long.

5. Put in a little and a few + one of these words.

air, chairs, days, friends, letters, milk, times

1. Last night I wrote a few letters to my family and friends.
2. Can I have a little milk in my coffee, please?
3. Are you going out alone? No, I am going with a few friends.
4. Have you ever been to Rome? Yes, a few times.
5. There wasn’t much furniture in the room – just a table and a few chairs.
6. I’m going out for a walk. I need a little fresh air.


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