Example sentence:

"Not much/many traffic passes this way."

  • If it were many, it would modify traffics, not traffic. If you want a singular traffic, you have to have a singular much. Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 2:36
  • It will be a lot of traffic.. NOT many traffic..,
    – Sai Joheso
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 4:53
  • When deciding if a noun is acting countably or uncountably, it is not useful to use "a lot of [noun]" as, in this case, the noun can be countable or uncountable: "A lot of guidance" - "A lot of sheep." - "A lot of apples." However, "much" is used only with uncountable nouns and many is used only with countable nouns,
    – Greybeard
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 8:51

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Traffic, like most things English speakers think of as an aggregate whole (equipment, weather), is an uncountable noun. It is a singular uncountable (yes you can have plural uncountable nouns). "... much traffic" is the correct form.

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