# using only in plural

This is the question:

A: Does she have many books?
B: ................. She only has two books.

a. Yes, she does.
b. No, she does not.

My answer is B, am I wrong? My friend absolutely stands to say that my answer is wrong. He said that, two books are plural, even, there is a word "only". So, even only two books, it is included in plural, and the answer is A.

I'm really so confused.

• (A) would only be correct if the counting system were not 0,1,2,3... but rather 0,1,many. In our counting system, two books is not many, so you are right to answer No. Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 13:47
• Only is the opposite of many here, or equivalent to but. You can't say "yes, she has many books, but it's just two". You'd be contradicting yourself. It has to be "no it's not many, it's only two". If you left the only out, the answer could go either way. "No, she does not have many books, she has two" and "Yes, she has many books, she has two" both make sense in context. (Not many for a rich man who spends all his time reading, but an awful lot for a dirt-poor person with nothing to eat.) But add the only, and the second option disappears. Only specifically says "no, not many". Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 14:02
• Many is relative. If you own ten books, that's not many. If you own five houses, that's many. Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 14:27
• The friend has apparently studied an incorrect textbook and learned the wrong things. This is not the way language works. Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 17:47