Can 'much' be used alone?


He makes much money.

To me, that sounds strange. I would say that 'much' would have to be used in the negative or with the modifier 'too'. I can't see it being used by itself.

What do you guys think?
check the dictionary example here:

1 a : that exists or is present in a great quantity or amount or to a
considerable extent or degree <has much money>

M-W dictionary, unabridged
1. Much discussion of "much" revolves around whether it can be used on its own or not.

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Perhaps this is an American thing, but I would never use "He has much money" or "Have much fun" as complete sentences.

"I don't think he has much money" and "I won't have much fun at the party" both have the negation in it.

Is this just a regional thing? Is there anyone who would say, as a complete setence, "He has much money"? I would say "He has a lot of money."
Swan mentions that "much" is used these days in the affirmative mainly in formal contexts, not informal ones.
Hi guys,

I think our opinions are much of a muchness on this subject.

Best wishes, Clive
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In the post-verbal position, much is used in non-assertive (negative, interrogative) contexts. Its counterparts a lot of and lots of are normally used in assertive contexts. (AmE, at least.)

We have a lot of work to do. [Less often, much.]
We don't have much work to do. [Or a lot of.]
Do we have much work to do? [Or a lot of.]