How much more or how many more

January 25, 2013 11:24am CST
Which one is correct? How much more or how many more? Please help me with this perplexing English situation. I'm taking a wild guess here. When using with a countable noun I should use how many. For example, how many more cookies do you need? When using with a noun that is uncountable like water, love, time etc. I have to use how much more. How much more time do you need? What about money? How many money? Money I can count. How many money sounds kind of strange. Please explain to me how to state the questions correctly and please use examples. Thank you so much.
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@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
Money, as such, is not countable - you can't say "I have three money"! Therefore you use 'much' when saying "How much money?" Any specific currency IS countable ("three dollars" is legitimate, for example), so you would say "How many dollars?".
@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
Likewise: "How much water in the reservoir?"/"How many litres of water in the reservoir?" There are some occasions where you would use neither 'much' not 'many'. For example, with distance ("How far ...?" or "How high ...?").
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@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
25 Jan 13
"... would use neither 'much' not 'many'" I meant "... would not use 'much'" You would, of course, say "How many miles ..." or "How many metres ...".
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
Hi there! Both are correct and you've guessed it right too. You use many and few for countable nouns while you use much and little for uncountable noun. However, when you talk about money, much should be used instead of many because money in itself is uncountable noun. It doesn't talk about denomination so it's right to ask How much money do you have? I hope this helps. Happy myLotting! :)
• United States
25 Jan 13
How much money. Money does not specify the denominations. How many pennies ... How many dollar bills... How many dimes...
• India
25 Jan 13
For money, you should use how much money because money in its form is uncountable but currency is countable While specifying currency you should use how many. eg:- how much money? How many dollars? How many rupees?