(comparative more [mɔːr] ; superlative most [məʊst] ) grammar word summary: Much can be: ■ a determiner: There isn't much time left. ■ a pronoun: He didn't say much. ♦ Much of the work has already been completed. ■ an adverb: Things haven't changed much. ♦ The exam was much easier than I had expected.
1) a large amount of something
It's a small car that doesn't use much fuel.[/ex]
I don't know much about art.[/ex]
It wouldn't cost very much to have your old bike repaired.[/ex]
Much of the evidence was gathered in 1991.[/ex]
We can't talk here. There's too much noise.[/ex]
He spent so much time with Claudia, it seemed as if they were never apart.[/ex]
2) used for asking or saying what the amount of something is
How much stuff is she taking with her?[/ex]
How much were the tickets?[/ex]
We didn't spend as much time at the museum as I had hoped.[/ex]
3) used for emphasizing that someone or something is a lot bigger, better, worse etc
Richard's much happier now that he's got a permanent job.[/ex]
You will have to try much harder.[/ex]
4) a lot, or to a great degree
People here don't use public transport much.[/ex]
The trouble with Jean is she talks too much.[/ex]
Aunt Edie laughed so much that her sides ached.[/ex]
We don't go out as much as we used to.[/ex]
It's amazing how much she's changed.[/ex]
It's obvious that they love each other very much.[/ex]
as much as — used before an amount for showing how large and surprising it is[/ex]
You can pay as much as £300,000 for a one-bedroom flat in central London.[/ex]
be too much for sb — to be too difficult or tiring for someone to deal with[/ex]
much less — used for saying that something is even less likely or true than something else[/ex]
I wouldn't have dinner with him, much less spend the weekend with him.[/ex]
not much of ainformal used for saying that someone or something is not a very good example of something[/ex]
We haven't had much of a summer this year.[/ex]
not/nothingmuchspoken used for saying that something is not very important, good, or serious[/ex]
'What are you doing tomorrow?' 'Nothing much.'[/ex]
There's not much to get excited about.[/ex]
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Both much and a lot can be used for referring to a large amount or a great degree. ■ Much is mainly used in questions and negative sentences, or in positive statements after ‘so', ‘too', and ‘as': He drinks too much. ■ A lot is usually used instead of much in positive statements: They waste a lot of time.

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