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  • There's so many people in here!
  • There's so much people here!

Which one should be used, and why?

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"There wasn't much people about that day." — Bram Stoker, Dracula. "Sir Launcelot will abide me and you in the Joyous Gard; and much people draweth unto him, as I hear say." — Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur. "But when Jesus was come down from the hill, much people followed him" — Matthew 8:1, The Bible. I'd say the case is settled. –  RegDwigнt Dec 9 '13 at 10:37
    
Which one should be used? Depends on whether you're writing standard or doge. –  Ben Lee Mar 7 at 18:50
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If you can count it and it doesn't designate a category, use many.

If you cannot count it or it designates a category, use much.

I have many friends.
I have much to offer.
There are many ways to get it wrong.
It doesn't make much sense.

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Many is used in enumerated quantities. If it can be counted in individual items, use many. If the quantity cannot be counted, use much.

"There are so many people in here!"

"There is so much I still need to learn!"

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Much is also used for quantities by weight "How much flour do I need?" whereas "How many pounds of flour do I need?" –  Remou Dec 4 '10 at 18:53
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Simple rule of thumb: if the following word is plural use many, otherwise much

"I don't have much time"

"I don't have many books"

"how much money do you have?"

"how many cars can you see?"

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"There's so many people in here!"

"There's so much people here!"

There's = There is

There are so many people in here! The problem found is b/c of the usage of are vs. is. You would use are because the subject [people] is plural.

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That is both irrelevant to the question, and unhelpful, because for many English speakers "There's so many people in here!" is fine, at least in the informal context it implies. –  Colin Fine Dec 4 '10 at 23:33
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