90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
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Many, a lot, and lots can be used for referring to a large number of things or people. In ordinary spoken English many is mainly used in negative sentences and in questions. It is also used in positive sentences after ‘too’, ‘so’, or ‘as’: We didn’t sell many tickets. ♦ Were there many children in the audience? ♦ You’re trying to do too many things at once.
In positive statements a lot of is usually used instead of many: A lot of people don’t like the new law.
In written English and in formal spoken English many is used in sentences of all types. It is more formal than a lot of: Many disabled people regularly use public transport.
In informal English, lots of is often used instead of a lot of: Lots of people get divorced these days.