TOO MUCH vs MUCH TOO

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MUCH

MUCH  indicates a big quantity of an uncountable substance or element  (one that you can’t count).
example: There’s so much snow on the roads at present…

TOO MUCH

If the quantity becomes too big (a negative opinion of the quantity), much is preceded by TOO : TOO MUCH + uncountable noun = an excessive quantity

example: There has been too much rain and the lakes are very high … 

 

MUCH TOO

Another construction describing an excessive quantity is less frequent and is built with an adjective: =

example: This car is much too expensive for me to buy… 
example: This case is much too heavy : you can’t carry it!

In this construction, ‘MUCH’  has here the function of  emphasising and amplifying the adverb ‘too’;   it is equivalent to ‘far too heavy’.

 

There is even an expression : ‘much too much’. It describes a real excess or exaggerated amount of something and always comes after the verb that it describes.

example: He’s eaten much too much today… He’d better start a diet!

 

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In the following exercise choose between TOO MUCH and MUCH TOO! 

1) Your sister’s __________________ clever to make this mistake twice.
  1. much too much
  2. too much
  3. much too
2) Tom’s __________________ shy! He’ll never speak in front of so many people …
  1. much too
  2. much too much
  3. too much
3) I think there’s __________________ snow on the roads to let the family go now.
  1. much too
  2. much too much
  3. too much
4) There we are again ! You’ve had __________________ chocolate again and now you’re feeling sick!
  1. much too
  2. too much
  3. much too much
5) You must be kidding! This car is __________________ expensive for me just to look at it, let alone buy it!
  1. much too much
  2. much too
  3. too much
6) These schoolboys are __________________ lazy to volunteer for extra work for the community.
  1. much too
  2. much too much
  3. too much
7) Sheila is __________________ fluent in French to take an ‘Intermediate Course’… She must follow the ‘Advanced Course’.
  1. much too much
  2. too much
  3. much too
8) No, Sam ! I won’t take it, I won’t! There’s far __________________ money for me to accept it.
  1. much too much
  2. too much
  3. much too
9) Look at this poor kid! He’s had __________________ computer time and is exhausted!
  1. much too much
  2. too much
  3. much too
10) I haven’t had __________________ sleep recently … I’d need a good night’s rest !
  1. too much
  2. much too
  3. much too much

ANSWERS:

1) much too
2) much too
3) too much
4) too much
5) much too
6) much too
7) much too
8) too much
9) much too much
10) too much