Anonymous:
Hello,

Could you please advise which are correct in the sentences below? I made a guess by putting a star next to the sentence I think is correct. I'm not sure, though. Kindly check and explain if it's wrong. Thank you.

A. A lot hasbeen said and done. Emotion: star (because 'a lot' is uncountable here?)

B. A lot have been said and done.

C. A lot passes the exams.
D. A lot passthe exams. Emotion: star (because 'a lot'' is countable here?)

E. Lots hasbeen said and done. Emotion: star (because 'lots' is uncountable here?)

F. Lots have been said and done.

G. Many hasbeen said and done. Emotion: star (because 'many' is uncountable here?)

H. Many have been said and done.

I. Many was expelled from school.

J. Many were expelled from school. Emotion: star ( because 'many' is countable here?)

K. There isa lot of food on the table. Emotion: star

L. There are a lot of food on the table.

M. There islots of food on the table. Emotion: star

N. There are lots of food on the table.

O. There is a lot of pencils on the table.
P. There area lot of pencils on the table. Emotion: star

Q. There is lots of pencils on the table.
R. There arelots of pencils on the table. Emotion: star
AnonymousE. Lots has been said and done. (because 'lots' is uncountable here?)

F. Lots have been said and done.

G. Many has been said and done. (because 'many' is uncountable here?)

H. Many have been said and done.
These strike me as unidiomatic. "Many has" is impossible. I would use only these:

A lot has been said and done.
Much has been said and done.

Less elegantly,
Many things have been said and done.

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The others are all correct.

CJ
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Anonymous:
Thank you, CJ, for checking my answers and for your explanations. I really appreciate them.

Would you also say that "Lots has" is impossilbe as "Many has"?

What about this? Do you think this is grammatically correct? and idiomatic?

Lots are buying an iPad. (countable subject, I think)
Anonymous:
Hi CJ,

I hope I'm not disturbing you. Would you mind commenting on this, please? Thanks.
Anonymous:
Please help me with my latest questions.
AnonymousWould you also say that "Lots has" is impossilbe as "Many has"?
Yes. You can't have Lots has. It's wrong.
AnonymousLots are buying an iPad.
Grammatical but not idiomatic. We don't often use "lots" alone as a subject. The normal way to say it is: Lots of people are ....

CJ
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Anonymous:
Thank you so much for your answers. It's clear to me now. Emotion: smile I can now put this topic to rest.
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