Unit 7.1

Syntax

How many is used to ask questions about the quantity of a countable noun.

How much is used to ask questions about the quantity of an uncountable noun.

{see Countable and uncountable nouns, A1 Level}.

When asking how many? we always use the plural of the noun in the question.
How many + countable noun + …?

When asking how much? we always use the singular of the noun in the question.
How much + uncountable noun + …?

•  How many?
• How many apples do you have?
• How many brothers does she have?
• How many cars are there?
• How much?
• How much water do you want?
• How much money do I need for the holidays?
• How much time will it take?

We use how many? with countable nouns to find out the amount or quantity of an object.

We use how much? with uncountable nouns to find out the measure of an object.

We use how many…? with countable nouns, both in the singular and plural form, to find out the amount or quantity of an object. The structure is:
How many + countable noun + …?

We use how much? with uncountable nouns, only in the singular form, to find out the measure of an object. The structure is:
How much + uncountable noun + …?

For example:
— How many…?: “How many hours do you need to park the car?” = We use how many…? because hours are countable.
— How much…?: “How much time do you need to park the car?” = We use how much…? because time is uncountable.

NOTE: When asking how many? we always use the plural of a noun in the question. We can use how much? to find out the price.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.