Which do I use?
Which do I use?

These two words are very similar, so it can be easy to confuse when to use them.  Don’t worry, though – after you read this short lesson, you’ll have a better understand and will be able to sound more fluent in conversations.

Can you count them?

When you are trying to figure out which word to use, think about this:  Can you COUNT it?

If you can, then you should use many.

If you can’t, then you should use much.


  • How many cats are outside?

(You can look out of the window and count the cats, so you should use many.)

  • How much soup do you want?

(You can’t really “count” soup, so you should use much.)

This is an easy concept to understand.

What about money?

You can’t really “count” the word money, can you?  You can count dollars, pennies, and quarters, but you can’t count the WORD money.  So, when you are talking about money, you should always use “much”.  When you are using words for a specific type of money (coins or bills) you should use “many”.

For example:

“How much money do you have?”

“How many dollar bills do you have?”


That’s it for now, and I hope that I’ve helped you understand a little about how to use these two words.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

Thanks for visiting, and good luck with your English!


Many vs. Much
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