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"Mijn baas drinkt veel koffie."

Translation:My boss drinks a lot of coffee.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/4sily
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I'm not a native English speaker, so could anyone clarify whether I can say "My boss drinks much coffee" here?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaitlinApril

I will have to say "My boss drinks much coffee" is something only a non native speaker would say as they are learning English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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You can.

For countable things: many = a lot of.

  • I have a lot of books = I have many books (e.g. I have 5 books)

For uncountable things: much = a lot of.

  • I have a lot of money = I have much money (you cannot have 5 money, so it is uncountable)
  • I have a lot of water = I have much water (you cannot have 5 water)
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fives
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Saying, "I have much money [water, etc.]," would certainly sound odd to this native English speaker. While formally correct, that construction in particular is almost never used, at least colloquially. You will often hear something like, "My boss drinks or a lot of [or too much] coffee," but not, "My boss drinks much coffee."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CJ.Dennis
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You wouldn't say "I have much money" but you would say "I have so much money (that [consequence happens])".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simon902497

I've never heard a native British refer to their managers as "boss". Usually "manager" or first name, sometimes an expletive but never "boss".

1 year ago