I know that we use much for uncountable nouns and many for countable, plus a lot of / lots of can be used in both cases informally.
My question, though, is when "a lot of" can replace "very much"? This question popped up when I was trying to write the sentences below and for some of them both sound ok to me, but some others sound odd to me, and I couldn't fine a precisa explanation on that.
- She studies a lot. / She studies very much.
- He likes chocolate very much / a lot.
- Does she dance a lot / very much?
- I don't like writing a lot / very much.
- I don't like strawberries very much / a lot.
- I like strawberries very much/ a lot.
I appreciate your time to help me.
Thank you so much! (by the way, in this case I could also say "thanks a lot" - which makes me even more curious right now).
All the best.