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Error Spotting Part 7

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If you are preparing for competitive exams of Banking, SSC, etc. like (IBPS Clerk, IBPS PO, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, RRB NTPC, RBI, LIC AAO, etc.) you will encounter English Language and Comprehension sections. One of the most important aspects of the English section, in any exam, is to learn to Spot Errors and Correct Sentences. These Error Spotting and Sentence Correction GrammarCapsules are aimed at helping you learn a little bit of Grammar every day. Let us start with Error Spotting Capsule 7 which deals with the concept of “Too much vs. Much too“. You can even download Error Spotting Capsule 7 as PDF.

‘Too’ is generally used in these cases:

  1.  While talking about quantities.
  2. To emphasize something.

Let us go through both the uses one-by-one. We will start with understanding the usage of ‘too’ to talk about quality and then move on to understand how ‘too’ can be used to emphasize something.

Using ‘Too’ to Quantify

You must have read or heard the phrases – ‘too much’, ‘too less’, ‘too few’. Do you often get confused between ‘too much’ and ‘too many’? Have you ever wondered what ‘too few’ means? If yes, then here is an explanation for each of these phrases (too + Quantity):

1. Too much 

Too much
(more… more.. more…)

‘Too much’ is followed by an uncountable NOUN.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF: Too muchToo much work!!

Usage: There is too much oil in this food.

2. Too many

Too many
(more… more.. more…)

‘Too many’ is followed by a countable NOUN.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF: Too Many
Too much traffic!! Too many cars!!

Usage: There are too many cars on the road.

3. Too few

Too few
(less… less… less…)

‘Too few’ is followed by a countable NOUN.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF: Too few
Too few books!!

Usage: There are too few books on the shelf, we need to buy more.

4. Too little

Too little
(less… less… less…)

‘Too little’ is followed by an uncountable NOUN.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF: Too little
Too little water!!

Usage: They had too little knowledge in that field.

Using ‘Too’ to Emphasize

Another usage of ‘too’ is when it is used to intensify an adjective or adverb. For e.g. she is much too young to vote. Here is ‘much too’ the emphasizing phrase and ‘young’ is the adjective.

 1. Much Too

Much too

‘Much too’ is followed by an adverb or an adjective.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF: Much too
Much too busy!!

Usage: He is much too busy to attend the call. Here, the speaker means that ‘he’ is very busy and cannot attend the call

2. Far too

Far too

‘Far too’ is followed by an adverb or an adjective. ‘Far too’ is stronger than ‘much too’.

Error Spotting Capsule 7 in PDF
Far too busy!!

Usage:  His job makes him far too busy to relax.

Now that you know the use cases and rules to instantly spot errors in questions based on usage of ‘too much’,’much too’, etc. try this exercise:

Spot the error in the following sentences

  1. I had too many food today.
  2. He was too far busy.
  3. There is too little water in the bottle.
  4. There are too many visitors today.
  5. He has too few clothes.

Here are the answers!!

Explanation 1: I had too many much food today. Food is an uncountable noun and hence, too much.

Explanation 2: He was too far far too busy. ‘Too far’ is used along with distance.

Explanation 3: No error. Water is an uncountable noun and hence, ‘too little’ to indicate inadequate quantity and ‘too much’ to indicate ‘it’s more than enough’.

Explanation 4: No error. ‘Visitors’ is a countable noun and hence, too many.

Explanation 5: No error. ‘Clothes’ is a countable noun and hence, too few.

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