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Difference between "too much" and "too much"

The general rule:

  • Very measures the intensity. English: very.
  • Much measures the amount. English: much.
  • Lots / lots / lots measure the number. English: many.

It follows that in many cases you can only use one of the two anyway, for example:

I've eaten too much.
Too much has happened (for me to tell you everything).

I wished it too much (and thereby neglected everything else).

Often both variants are possible without changing the meaning:

I've suffered too much.
I've suffered too much.

On the other hand, there are also cases in which there are small differences:

I was too distracted to hear the explosion.
I was distracted too much so that I couldn't get to work at all.

In the first case, the distraction is very intense, namely at the time of the explosion. In the second case, the distraction is not necessarily intense, but permanent.

It's raining too much.
It's raining too much.
It rains too often.

In the first case it is about the total amount of precipitation (in a time interval), in the second case about the rain intensity (at a point in time) and in the third case about the rain frequency.


That too much is used less often, is probably because there are less suitable uses and you can often replace it with another word, which is preferred. This word is mostly strong. For example:

It's raining too much. → It's raining too hard.
I wished it too much. → I wished it too much.
I liked it too much (to ignore it). → I liked it too much.