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

We use much and littlewith 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. 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 much  tea.
  2. We didn’t spend much money.
  3. We’ll have to hurry.We haven’t got  much time.
  4. He always puts much salt on his food.
  5. I use the phone a  lot  of at work.
  6. Did it cost  many 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  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  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  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 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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