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# Much/Many of the 5 million ants got killed. Is Many only

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Much/Many of the 5 million ants got killed. Is Many only [#permalink]

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Much/Many of the 5 million ants got killed.

Is Many only for countable situations?

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05 Aug 2010, 10:00
I would pick

Many of the 5 million ants got killed.

What is the correct one btw?

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06 Aug 2010, 03:59
I will go with many.

Reason: We should use many in case of countable noun .
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01 Jul 2011, 12:59
I can't imagine why "much" should be here.

Much/Many of the 5 million ants got killed.

Yes, indeed "many" is for countable nouns. My approach for this problem would be like this:

Much/Many of the 5 million ants got killed.
Much/Many of the ants got killed.
Much/Many ants got killed.
Much/Many got killed.

Many got killed.
Many ants got killed.
Many of the ants got killed.
Many of the 5 million ants got killed.

What I did in this exercise is that I am trying to remove unnecessary information from the sentence. So it becomes easier to comprehend. "Many ants got killed" just sounds appropriate.
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01 Jul 2011, 21:29
Many is appropriate for Countable nouns. In this case 5million ants is countable. The correct sentence is Many of the 5Million ants got killed.

Much is appropriate for uncountables.

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01 Jul 2011, 22:57
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my take was based on the thought that 5 million is a group. For being countable, can we say as "1" 5 million ants, "2" 5 million ants?

For instance, miles are countable; however, the sentence sometimes used is " Chicago is less than 20 miles from here". "Fewer" is not used in this case as we cannot take "20 miles" as countable. "1" 20 miles, "2" 20 miles is absurd.

Any more opinions on this would be appreciated.

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01 Jul 2011, 23:25
pkmee,
Miles is a unit noun. Unit nouns like dollars,gallons,miles.... qualify as uncounables. For example, though you can count money, you cannot count the noun money- one money,two money (which you have also pointed out)..In such cases, less is used.

For example: We have less than twenty dollars is right and not we have fewer than twenty dollars. The same analogy holds good in case of miles.

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02 Jul 2011, 06:42
Many is appropriate in this sentence.

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