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The Difference Between 'much detail' And 'many details'

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Created Date: Wed 03 Aug 2011

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When do you say there are too many details and when there's too much detail?
What the differences between the two phrases?

 

Answer:
If we are referring subjects which are countable, use many details.
Otherwise just use much detail because we are not thinking about specific things.

For example:
There are not many details in a topic sentence, but the sentence introduces an overall idea that you want to discuss later in the paragraph. (We are talking about specific information in a topic sentence which is countable. For instance, your paragraph contains 4 main ideas but your topic sentence introduces only the overall idea.)

There is too much detail in the procedure of migrating to Australia, so many students have to hire lawyers to do the work for them.
How much detail must I include in my assignment?
(We are not talking about specific information here)

In conclusion: in most circumstances, you can use them interchangeably. It just depends on the way how you are considering the information and the context when they are used.

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