As many as | As much as
Many and much
Do remember when we use many, and when we use much?
We use many for countable nouns: many people, many places, many poems.
We use much for uncountable nouns: much food, much water, much money.
In our blog about comparing nouns, we learnt that we use as…as to compare two nouns:
For example: She is as tall as her sister.
We can do the same thing with many and much to compare quantities.
To do this, we use:
as + much + as
as + many + as
We use as + many + as for countable nouns.
We use as+ much + as for uncountable nouns
Now, we will make some examples using the as much/many as structure.
AS MUCH AS
Laura has £50, Caroline has £50. Laura has as much money as Caroline.
Kelly wears a lot of perfume. Pam wears a lot of perfume. Kelly wears as much perfume as Pam.
Phyliss has a plate of food for lunch. Kevin has a plate of food for lunch too. Phyliss has as much food for lunch as Kevin.
AS MANY AS
Michael ate 3 donuts. Stanley also ate 3 donuts. Michael ate as many donuts as Stanley.
Oscar has 1 computer. Angela has 1 computer too. Oscar has as many computers as Angela.
Erin answers 20 phone calls a day. Pam answered 20 phone calls a day. Erin answers as many phone calls as Pam did.
Take a look at the Test Yourself section and use as…as to make sentences.
Make sentences using as many as and as much as for the following words.
Answer: I drink as much water as my father.
Quantities that are not equal
When comparing amounts or quantities that are not the same we simply add not after the auxiliary verb.
If Michael has £20 and Stanley has £10, we can say: Stanley does not have as much money as Michael.
If there are 100 people at Jim’s party and only 50 people at Dwight’s party, we can say:
There are not as many people at Dwight’s party as Jim’s.
Choose the correct answer.
Piece of cake: something that is very easy to do.Example: The test wasn’t hard, it was a piece of cake.
Thank you for reading our blog post. If you would like to know more about comparatives check out our previous post on Comparing nouns with as…as .