I´m currently teaching English to first language Spanish-speakers, and I need to explain to one student when to simply use "too much (many)," and when to use "too much (many) of" with the word of as a link to the noun, pronoun or phrasal noun or pronoun.
I of course don´t know any rule, being that English is my first language and I therefore don´t need one. And what´s more, looking at some examples and searching for a pattern is NOT helping me. Have a look:
Too much fun
Too much cake
Too much homework
Too much responsibility
Too much pressure
Too much of a good thing
Too much of a jerk
Too much of a risk
Too much of that
Too much of those
What is the pattern here?? IS there one?
I have seen rules with other phrases, such as: We always use a lot, except when we are connecting to nouns. Then we use a lot of, with of as the connector. But, with this I´m not seeing a rule emerge.
If someone could help me out I would really appreciate it! Thanks in advance.