Hi teachers,


QUANTITY EXPRESSIONS

MEANING FOR THE EXAMPLES ON THIS PAGE

AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCES

NEGATIVE SENTENCES

YES QUESTIONS

NO QUESTIONS

A LOT OF

A BIG NUMBER OF

X

x

x

x

LOTS OF

A BIG NUMBER OF

x







MANY

A BIG NUMBER OF

x

very formal

x

x

x

SOME


A CERTAIN NUMBER OF

x








Would you corrrect me these directions?

Look at the drawings and complete the sentences using the most appropriate quantity expression from the chart above.


Thanks in advance

PS Sorry the quantity words are in a chart. When I pasted them they have moved. I hope you can understand them
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'Many' is not at all 'very formal'.

Both 'lots of' and 'a lot of' can appear in negative sentences and 'yes' and 'no' questions. 'Some' can also appear in yes/no questions.
Mister Micawber,

I took the information from different English books. But if you say that the quantity expressions can also be used for the indicated purpose I believe you.

What about these directions, are they better?

Look at the drawings and complete the sentences using the appropriate quantity expression from the chart above.

Thinking
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I'd like to see your revised chart, then. I don't like, as I said, teaching of prescriptions that are not true.
Hi Mister Micawber,

Here is the revised chart


QUANTITY EXPRESSIONS

MEANING FOR THE EXAMPLES ON THIS PAGE

AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCES

NEGATIVE SENTENCES

YES QUESTIONS

NO QUESTIONS

ALOTOF

A BIG NUMBER OF

X

X

X

X

LOTS OF

A BIG NUMBER OF

X

X

X

X

MANY

A BIG NUMBER OF

X



X

X

X

SOME


A CERTAIN NUMBER OF

X



X

X
So, what is the point in having them choose between 3 synonyms that can be used in the same way? There is no difference whatsoever between lots of and a lot of, so they should be lumped. The only important thing to test is what you have omitted: much vs a lot of / lots of and some vs any.
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Mister MicawberSo, what is the point in having them choose between 3 synonyms that can be used in the same way?
The point is for the students to know them, even though they are synonyms.

Mister MicawberThe only important thing to test is what you have omitted: much vs a lot of / lots of and some vs any.
Thank you for your concern, but it is tested in other pages. The whole chapter has about 36 pages.
Sorry, I've lost interest again. I still think little of your methods; I thought they were improving, but I see they are not.
Mister Micawber,

Knowing almost nothing about the method I teach. Knowing only what I have asked here in this forum, with all my respect, it is abusive to say, 'I still think little of your methods'. On the other hand, negating help it is not the way to improve somebody's learning.

You told me, Many is not at all very formal and Practical English Usage by Michael Swan says, 'In an informat style, we use much and many mostly in questions and negative sentences. They are unsual in affirmative clauses. In a formal style, much and many are not so unnatural in affirmative clauses'. In the chart I've sent you says, 'Many for affirmatives sentences only formal'. Then what do I have to think?

You said, 'I thought they were improving, but I see they are not.' Why is that? All of a sudden they are not?

I am truly disappointed.

Thinking
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