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Which is correct: How much exercise do you do? or How many exercise do you do? — Win, Indonesia
The usage of 'much' and 'many' depends on whether the noun it modifies is a count noun or a noncount noun (read about these types of nouns here).
Use 'much' with noncount nouns and use 'many' with count nouns.
In the example sentence, 'exercise' is a noncount noun so you should use 'much':
- How much exercise do you do?
Below are more examples showing how to use 'much' and 'many.'
- How much juice would you like? ['juice' is a noncount noun]
- I have too many trinkets. ['trinkets' is a count noun]
- She bought so much potting soil for her garden.
- They gave us many books.
- Don’t watch too much television.
- Don’t eat too many cookies--leave some for others!
- How many dogs do you have?
- How much housework do you need to do today?
- How many chores do you need to do today?
I hope this helps.
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