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Many, Much, Few & Little
Many is used with a noun that names things that we can count.
Much is used to describe things that we do not count.
Many manuscripts are
Many vehicles are
Many authors are
Much talk is
Much controversy is
Much criticism is
Some nouns can be either count or noncount, depending on their use:
Many of the troubles disappeared when he outlined his points.
Much of the trouble with his proposal was the lack of focus and of logical development of points.
Little is used with uncountable and few is used with countable nouns. When we use few and little without the indefinite article, they usually have a negative meaning, but when we use them with the indefinite article, a little or a few, they have a more positive meaning. Compare the following:
I have few friends in England and I feel quite lonely.
I have a few friends in England, so I don't miss home so much.
I have little interest in classical music. I much prefer pop.
I have a little wine in the cellar. Would you like some?
Rather than little or few, we sometimes prefer to use a negative construction with much or many in conversational English, as it sounds slightly less formal:
He has little money. > He doesn't have very much money.
She had few friends. > She didn't have many friends.
Fewer / Less
Fewer and less are the comparative forms of few and little and are used with countable and uncountable nouns, respectively. Compare the following:
I've got a little (bit of) money in the bank. Not very much. Less than I had last year.
The weather was awful and fewer children took part in the procession this year.