We had a quiz yesterday and there was this question:

He doesn't have ......... work to do.

3.A lot of

Kindly answer mentioning a reference

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In this case, the answer would be much. Here is why:

Much, many with a noun

We use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns:

[talking about money]

I haven’t got much change. I’ve only got a ten euro note.

Are there many campsites near you?

Apparently a lot of is informal and shouldn't be used in this case.

Here is the link with more info on much, many, a lot of, etc. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/much-many-a-lot-of-lots-of-quantifiers

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    "A lot of" is informal, but there's no reason not to use it in the original example above (unless it's a question of formality). Nov 11, 2015 at 3:55
  • @StevenLittman Well, I would assume they are speaking formally for a quiz. Nov 11, 2015 at 4:18
  • I am an ESL teacher, and unless I specified that I needed a formal way of saying it, I would accept "a lot of" on a quiz. Nov 11, 2015 at 13:14
  • @StevenLittman I would definitely ask if I was taking the quiz. :) Nov 11, 2015 at 21:39

Both make sense, but "much work" sounds more natural.

  • You say "both", but there are three choices....
    – Hellion
    Nov 11, 2015 at 4:02
  • @Hellion I was referring to the two in the title. Nov 11, 2015 at 4:05

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