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"Mijn baas drinkt veel koffie."

Translation:My boss drinks a lot of coffee.

August 25, 2014



I'm not a native English speaker, so could anyone clarify whether I can say "My boss drinks much coffee" here?


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


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)


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."


You wouldn't say "I have much money" but you would say "I have so much money (that [consequence happens])".


And you would say 'I don't have much money'.


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


What about if they're talking about their manager to other people? I'm an Australian, and I'd call my manager my manager if I were referring to her in front of her (e.g. introducing her to other people), but if I were talking to other people who don't know her and she wasn't there, I'm more likely to call her my boss.

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