The only synonyms I can think of are high and good, but they seem incorrect.

PS: I am trying to avoid "a lot of".

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    The difficulty is that non-count "money" takes only a limited number of determiners in affirmative contexts, such as "some". And "much" is normally restricted to non-affirmative contexts. But you could use one of the adjectives that have a quantificational interpretation, such as "considerable", or perhaps "plentiful". – BillJ Dec 10 '16 at 13:29
  • I object to all the suggestions above. None of the words "high", "good", "considerable" or "plentiful" can serve as a replacement for "much" in the sentence; they will only make it worse. – Mr Lister Dec 10 '16 at 13:30
  • In fact, the only thing I can think of is "a lot of". Sorry. – Mr Lister Dec 10 '16 at 13:31
  • @Mr Lister The OP asked for a single word and they specifically said they were trying to avoid "a lot of". There is nothing wrong with "I have considerable money"; not common perhaps, but there are attested examples; here's one: link. – BillJ Dec 10 '16 at 13:46
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    @Lambie "Even though it's grammatically correct" is an iffy assertion at best. Much is a polarity-sensitive item and, as BillJ says, is usually restricted to non-affirmative contexts (I don't have much money but not *I have much money). Of course this would be incorrect if we said it's never used in affirmative contexts, but what we really need is a more nuanced description, not a simple claim that it is grammatically correct. – snailplane Dec 10 '16 at 19:52

You can use "much", but not by itself. The following is grammatical:

I have so much money

If you really wanted a single word, you can use the idiomatic phrase "big money":

I have big money.

Or the dominantly British "good money":

I have good money.

You can also say:

I have lots of money
I have tons of money
I have boatloads of money


I have much money.

The sentence isn't ungrammatical, but it sounds unusual or too formal.

Much is mainly used in negative and interrogative sentences as follows:

I don't have much money.

Does he have much money?

As for another single word in place of much, you can say:

I have considerable money

I have money galore.

There may some more adjectives, but I think all of them are not as idiomatic and common as the phrases a lot of, a large/considerable amount of, plenty of, etc. as follows:

I have a lot of money

I have a large amount ot money.

I have a considerable amount of money.

I have plenty of money.

  • Even more "common" is Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney. In which context, it's common as muck, with specific allusion to where there's muck there's brass (money). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 10 '16 at 14:32
  • @Khan Yes, but the OP asked specifically for a one-word synonym for "much". The only possibilities are one or two of the adjectives that express a large amount like "abundant" and "considerable". But they have limited distribution and some people see them as being ungrammatical when used as modifiers of non-count noun like "money". Incidentally, there's nothing inferior about "a lot of"; in fact in many situations, it's the obvious logical choice. – BillJ Dec 10 '16 at 15:13
  • There is nothing wrong with a lot of or lots of and those words are very commonly used in sentences like: I have [x] amount of money. One most certainly would want to use this. – Lambie Dec 10 '16 at 19:07
  • Your last one in the best one, in my opinion: I have plenty of money. – J.R. Dec 11 '16 at 11:16

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