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  • Debs_89
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    22 May, 2013 at 23:00
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    Hey guys

    Is it grammatically correct to say I have many animals? For some reason it sounds a bit strange to me. I have lots of animals sounds more natural.

    dan
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    23 May, 2013 at 0:09
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    Reply To: I have many animals

    Both are correct. "I have lots of animals" is probably more commonly used.

    ICAL TEFL
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    23 May, 2013 at 9:11
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    Reply To: I have many animals

    I just checked on Google n-grams and found that MANY ANIMALS is far more commonly used than LOTS OF ANIMALS!

    Didn’t expect it but that’s what the corpus search said!

    dan
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    23 May, 2013 at 11:35
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    Reply To: I have many animals

    I wouldn’t have expected that either! Keep in mind though that Google Ngrams searches digitised books, not instances of spoken English – and "lots" is not commonly used in formal written English.

    jessicaZ
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    2 July, 2013 at 1:42
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    Reply To: I have many animals

    "I have lots of animals" is commonly use than " i have many animals". But that doesn’t matter because both are correct :wink:

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