How to Use “Too Much” in English
Posted on October 7, 2016
By Emily Stallard, Owner and Trainer at Orchid English
This is a really common mistake our students make. They say “the explanation was too much detailed” or “we were too much early”. What’s wrong with this? Here’s how to use “too much” in English.
In English we use “too much” with an uncountable noun, and not with an adjective. With adjectives such as “detailed” or “early”, we use “too” not “too much”. The correct sentence is “the explanation was too detailed”. If you want to emphasise your point, you can say “the explanation was much too detailed”.
To use “too much” with nouns, the nouns must be grammatically uncountable. Grammatically uncountable nouns include “money, “information”, or “equipment”. You can’t say “I have one money”. Grammatically countable nouns include “people”, “pens” or coins”. You CAN say “I have one person”. It’s only with grammatically countable nouns that you can use“too much”.
So this is the correct form:
- “There is too much money”
- “There is too much information”
- “There is too much equipment”
There is too much people
For the negative, you can use “not enough” for countable and uncountable nouns: “I don’t have enough information and I don’t have enough pens”.
So now you know how to use “too much” in English. To practise countable versus uncountable nouns, there is a great quiz here. Good luck!