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Much, many and very (inglês/português)

by Christa Maas Substantivos contáveis são aqueles permitem usar números = two books, three pencils, five dreams = many.

How many books do you have? Quantos livros você têm?
I have many books.

Substantivos incontáveis são por exemplo: rice (a kilo of rice), water (two bottles of water). Arroz e água são incontáveis porque você conta os quilos, os litros etc... Money (você conta as cédulas ou moedas, não o dinheiro). Information e dedication (conceitos). Os substantivos incontáveis não tem plural = much.
How much money do you have? Quanto dinheiro você têm? I have ten "reais".

Até agora foi muito básico.....
Mas o que fazer para acrescentar o "very"?
Use much and many with nouns: ( substantivos)

a)Much with uncountable nouns
I don´t have much money. Do you have much money?
I don´t have very much money. Do you have very much money? This is grammatically correct, but strange, unless it´s used for emphasis:
I can´t afford it right now.I don´t have very much money with me today.

Writing a report - useful language (engl)

by Christa Maas  In the beginning it is always difficult to write reports but it is really a matter of practice. Here is some of the key vocabulary:
Increase •there was an increase in the cable market •enameled cable sales increased a) Using adjectives •a slight increase •a significant increase •a dramatic increase •a steady/ continuousincrease b) Using adverbs •The market increased slightly •Increased significantly •Increased dramatically •Increased steadily/continuously 2. Decrease↓ •there was a decrease in the cable market •enameled cable sales decreased a) Using adjectives •a slight decrease in sales in the market •a significant decrease<

Uses of "like" = exercises (engl.)


1.      What do you like for lunch? a.       It´s not too hot but hot enough to swim2.      Would you like some lunch? b.      No, I would prefer to go home.3.      What is São Paulo like? c.       It´s sunny outside4.      What do the streets of São Paulo look like at rush hour? d.      It´s a lot like New York. It´s very crowded5.      Do you like to go to the movies? e.       They are very colourful and beautiful.6.      What is the summer like in Europe? f.       I usually have rice, beans, vegetables and a steak7.      Would you like to go to a concert tonight? g.      No, thank you. I have already eaten.8.      What does the weather look like? h.      There are too many cars and a lot of traffic jams.9.      I have to meet Peter at the airport. What does he look like? i.        How about Tuesday at 9 o´clock?10.  Do you like cake or do you prefer cookies?