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Are the following sentences correct

1.He has not many knowledges of History.

2.This corner of the hall gets few fresh air.

asked Jul 25 '13 at 08:56 rashid New member

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Both 'knowledge' and 'air' are uncountable nouns, therefore they are usually singular. Different adjectives are used for these words. 'Many' and 'few' don't work because they both refer to numbers.

 

 1.He does not have not much knowledge of history. No reason to capitalize history here.

2.This corner of the hall gets little fresh air.

link comment answered Jul 25 '13 at 09:56 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Rashid

 

You are asking about how to match 'many' and 'few' with nouns that follow them.  You have to start with the noun.  If this noun can take a plural, it means that it is countable; if it is countable, then you use 'many' and 'few'.  If the noun is not countable [that means it cannot take a plural], then you should use 'much' and 'less'.

 

1.He has not many knowledges of History.

 

In this sentence of yours, the mistake is that you use 'knowledges'.  This makes this word look like a plural, but it actually isn't a plural.  The noun 'knowledge' does not have a plural form.  This means that you cannot say 'one knowledge' and 'two knowledges'.  In other words, you have to first change 'knowledges' to 'knowledge', and then you have to use 'much' with it because you can't count 'knowledge'.


2.This corner of the hall gets few fresh air.

 

In this sentence, you want to use 'few' with 'air'.  Once again, you can't.  There is no such thing as 'one air' and 'two airs'.  As a result, this noun is uncountable.  This means you have to use 'little' or 'less' or 'the least', depending on how you compare it to other corners of the hall.

link comment answered Jul 25 '13 at 13:20 Ahmad Barnard Expert
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I think the first sentence should be 'He does not have much knowledge of history.'

link comment answered Jul 25 '13 at 10:02 Scarlet Darwin Contributor
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this corner of the hall does not get much fresh air......

link comment answered Aug 09 '13 at 21:43 jose e duarte New member

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