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1. He ate lots of red bean sherbet.
2. He ate lots of it.

(Can we use #2? It refers to red bean sherbet. What does 'lots' modify?)

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    lots of = a great deal of, much, "more than a little!"

    Sra

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    Yes, both are correct.

    "Lots" is a noun -- so doesn't modify anything. It's used as a direct object of the verb "ate."

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    Doesn't 'lots of' modify 'it'?

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    No.

    Only adverbs and adjectives modify anything. In your sentence, the prepositional phrase "of it" modifies the noun "lots."

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    1. He ate much it.
    2. He ate many it.
    3. He ate much ot it.
    4. He ate many of it.

    (Thank you. What aobut the sentences? Which ones are grammatical?)

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    None are correct as is. You need this:

    He ate much of it.

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    You're welcome.

    Only 3 is correct. Many means more than one and is plural. 4 should be: "He ate many of them."

    You need the adjectival prepositional phrase "of it" or "of them" to modify "much" and "many."

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