Commonly Confused Adverbs in English

Here are some commonly confused adverbs in English:

  1. Much /mʌʧ/ – a lot
  2. Many /ˈmɛni/ – a lot, many
  3. A lot of – a large quantity
  4. Little /ˈlɪtəl/ – a small amount
  5. A little – a small amount
  6. A bit – a small amount (informal)
  7. A few – a small number
  8. Few – not many
  9. Several – a few
  10. A couple of – two or three

Much is used with uncountable nouns:

I haven’t got much time.

That computer doesn’t cost much.

Many is used with countable nouns:

Many teachers like giving homework.

A lot of is used in normal expressions:

She has a lot of confidence.

Little expresses a small amount:

I eat little honey.

A little and a bit also express a small amount:

I need to do a little exercise.

A few means several:

We have a few members in the club.

Few means not many:

He has few friends here.

Enough means sufficient:

I haven’t got enough time to help you today.

She is not tall enough to reach the shelf.

Note that in the second example, enough is used after an adjective.

This content explains commonly confused adverbs in English.

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