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Is Money a Countable Noun? How Many, How Much
Tuesday October 9th 2018
Question
If money is countable why do we say "how much does this cost" and not "how many does this cost?" — Faisal, Saudi Arabia
Answer

Money itself, such as dollars, francs, pesos, and pounds, can be counted. However, the word money is not a countable noun. The word money behaves in the same way as other noncount nouns like water, sand, equipment, air, and luck, and so it has no plural form.

 

You wouldn't say "I have five money." You would say "I have five dollars/francs/pesos/pounds."

 

Because many is used with count nouns and much is used with noncount nouns, the sentence should read "How much does this cost" or "How much money does this cost?"

 

In the sentence "How much does this cost" the word money is not explicitly stated. This happens often. Sometimes, the word money is not stated but another word like dollars is. In this case, you should still use much, as in the example below.

 

I think a hundred dollars is too much for that shirt.

 

Even though the word dollars is used, much is still modifying money. You could also say "I think a hundred dollars is too much money for that shirt."

 

 

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