White Witch (inmyblueheaven) wrote in grammarpolice,
White Witch
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"Too much" or "Too much OF"?

I´m really hoping that you guys can help with this! Because, perhaps due to the commonness of the word "of," google searching is not doing it for me.

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

But ...

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.
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