How Much or How Many

Pre-Test

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Count or Non-Count?

Many nouns are countable. This means you can count them. These are called “count nouns.” Notice that count nouns can be singular (1) or plural (2+).

Count Nouns
Singular (1)Plural (2+)
treetrees
appleapples
manmen
personpeople
horsehorses
sheepsheep

Many nouns are not countable. They are called “non-count nouns.” Notice that there is normally no plural of non-count nouns.

Non-Count Nouns
watertea
airgas
rainwind
loveexcitement
meatfruit
yoghurtbread

Forming a Question about Quantity

When a noun is a count noun, use “how many” to question the quantity.

Example:

            How many trees are in the field?

            There are 20 trees in the field.

When a noun is a non-count noun, use “how much” to question the quantity.

Example:

            How much tea is there?

            There is enough tea for lunch.

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