How do you say "much" and "a lot" in French? As in "I have studied a lot" or "I do not have much"?

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"much" and "a lot" could be translated into "trop", "beaucoup", or "autant".

  • I have studied a lot.
  • J'ai beaucoup étudié.

  • I do not have much time.

  • Je n'ai pas trop de temps.

  • Why don't many people know the philology ?

  • Pourquoi autant de monde ne connait pas la philologie ?
  • Thanks! That cleared up a lot. I'm assuming you're not native so I'm going to also help you with your english just as you helped me :D "Why much people do not know the philology" is grammatically wrong you should say "Why don't many people know about philology", in English we don't generally put "The" before branches of knowledge. Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 11:52
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    Notice that all these words are not exact synonyms: "trop" means "too much" or "too many", "beaucoup" is "a lot", "much" or "many", "autant" can mean "as much", "that many"... Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 11:55
  • Merci pour ces petites précisions omises :)
    – fashuai
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 11:56
  • chaplinmyflabbydog, you are right :) thank you
    – fashuai
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 14:55

A lot and much can have various functions and their interpretation in French may vary accordingly.




We still owe quite a lot. Nous devons encore beaucoup d’argent.

This happens a lot. Cela arrive souvent.

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