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Could you please check these sentences? Thank you. In particular, I'm not sure about the use of "none" as a pronoun and a few words concerning ecology.

1) I give people a lot of/lots of/a few/few/no presents for Christmas.
I don't think "none presents" is possible. Is " I give people none" possible?
2) A lot of/lots of/ a few/few/none of my friends speak French.
3) I have a lot of/a little/little/no (but not none?) sugar.
Go and get some sugar. I've got none at home.
4) Environmentally friendly people only use disposable plastic bags.
They regularly sort their rubbish into separate bins.
5) They also use alternative energy like solar or wind power.They never drop litter on the ground or make rivers or other waterways dirty.
6) They always use recycled paper and follow a healthy diet consisting of a lot of fruit and vegetables.
7) The population of my town is three times as big as that of Milan (Could you say "three times biggen than that of Milan"?). It is a lot/a bit bigger than that of Milan.

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    1) I give people a lot of/lots of/a few/few/no presents for Christmas.
    I don't think "none presents" is possible. Is " I give people none" possible? You're right. "none presents" is incorrect. It would be better to phrase the negative this way: I don't give people any presents.

    2) A lot of/lots of/ a few/few/none of my friends speak French.
    All are fine.

    3) I have a lot of/a little/little/no (but not none?) sugar.
    Go and get some sugar. I've got none at home.
    Correct

    4) Environmentally friendly people use only disposable plastic bags.
    They regularly sort their rubbish into separate bins.
    See this for placement of "only": " target="_blank">http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/modifiers.htm

    5) They also use alternative energy, such as solar or wind power. They never drop litter on the ground or make rivers or other waterways dirty.

    6) They always use recycled paper and follow a healthy diet consisting of a lot of fruit and vegetables.
    While there's nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence, it seems odd to put people's recycling habits together with their eating habits!!

    7) The population of my town is three times as big as that of Milan (Could you say "three times biggen than that of Milan"?). It is a lot/a bit bigger than that of Milan.
    Correct, if you use "bigger" rather than "biggen"!!

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