too many problems/too much problems

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NickJunior, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    Cambodgien
    Hi Forum,

    I used to know how to use "many" and "much", but now is very confused. Do you say too many problems or too much problems?

    I want to describe the unharmonious relationship between Mr. A and Mrs. B. When Mr. A and Mrs. B are in the same room, they argue and fight all the time. They have _________ problems with each other.

    Thanks for your feedback.
     
  2. Scribblerr

    Scribblerr Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    English US
    Problems are countable, so you have "too many" of them.
     
  3. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    Cambodgien
    Yes,...countable nouns...thank you very much for your help, Scribblerr. I may not recall correctly, but I think I had heard of such thing as There's too much problem. So that kind of sentence would be wrong, right?
     
  4. Transatlantic Junior Member

    Toronto
    srpskohrvatski; English
    It would.

    However, you can say 'too much trouble'.
     
  5. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    Cambodgien
    Oh, OK. Thank you for your example, Transatlantic.
     
  6. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    You do see things like "It would be great if you could do that. I hope it's not too much of a problem." As you can see, there's an "a" before "problem", which makes all the difference. :)
     
  7. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    Cambodgien
    Thank you, CycloneViv. Now I understand why I am confused in the first place. It is not "much problem", but it is "much of a problem" instead. Got it.
     

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