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Reply to "much"

Hi, Ahmed.A.A and Gustavo,

@Ahmed.A.A posted:

Thanks Ahmed; yet this sentence is in a school book, ''Teacher's Guide for Year 3 Secondary.''

You should have told us the source of your question in the first place, Ahmed. I have just found a readable copy of the book and downloaded it. The question gives us two choices 'much / little'.

- (Much / Little) of people's creative ideas can be turned later into successful businesses. The model answer is 'much'.

@Ahmed.A.A posted:

But ''much'' shouldn't be used with countable nouns like ''ideas''. So I want to know why those two examples are correct?

As I have pointed out in my first reply, I think that it is better to go with 'a lot of / most of / many of' here. However, Gustavo has a good point here. He sees that there might be an ellipsis or another implied meaning. See the difference between these two examples:

a) Much of (what) people's creative ideas (express) is going to be turned ....

b) Many of people's creative ideas are going to be turned....

The problem is that if you use 'much' with this meaning, 'little' can be used in the same way, but with a different meaning. Further context should be provided.

Last edited by ahmed_btm
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