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How Much, How Many

Expressions for Use with Count and Noncount Nouns

These expressions are used with noncount nouns. The expressions are arranged in order from most to least.

all
most
much, lots of, a lot of
some
a little, not much, little
not...any, no, none

Example:

I think I can only pay some of the minimum payment.

It's possible that there will be large amounts of itemized statements to go over.

These expressions are used with count nouns. The expressions are arranged in order from most to least.

every, all
most
many, lots of, a lot of
several
some
not many, only a few, few
not...any, no, none

Example:

Lots of consumers are hesitant to endorse checks of uncertain origin.

Several companies are looking to invest in energy.

There aren't many different funds in your portfolio.

A Little / Little

"A little' conveys a simple fact with noncount nouns.

Example:

Michael has a little time left to take out a loan.

The financial statement will take a little time to prepare.

'Little' expresses a sense of 'a lack of' something with noncount nouns.

Example:

There is little scope for intermediary benefits.

There was little hope that John would stop buying on margin.

A Few / Few

'A few' conveys a simple fact with count nouns.

Example:

A few customers regularly overdraw their accounts.

There were a few issues with the power of attorney documents.


'Little' expresses a sense of 'a lack of' something with count nouns.

Example:

There were few problems in acquiring a promissory note.

Very few accountants understand overdraft protection like Jim does.