I've got so much/ too much work to do to come to the beach. If "so much" is correct, so don't we use "too much" Thank you so much

  • It's not clear all all what you're trying to say with that sentence. Mar 16, 2018 at 22:14
  • @CookieMonster I guess they meant they can't go to the beach because they have many tasks to do.
    – Cardinal
    Mar 16, 2018 at 22:49

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"So much" in this example is being used to denote that you have a lot of work to do, but it can also imply a specified amount.

For example:

I can only do so much work.

This is the same meaning of the word but is being used to show that you have a limit to what you can do.

"Too much" in your example has a different meaning, not simply that you have a lot, but that the amount you have is excessive.

Consider this example:

That is too much coffee for one person to drink.

This means that one person cannot drink that amount.

When used in your example:

I have too much work to do.

This implies one of two meanings, either that (1) it is not possible to complete the amount of work you have; or, if said in answer to a question such as "can you do something for me?", that (2) the amount of work you have is does not allow you time to do this new task being asked of you.


You can say either:

I have so much work to do!

which is really an exclamation, or

I have too much work to do.

Using too like this would generally be way of declining an invitation to do something else, indicating that your work prevents you from accepting it.

So, in your example, you have too much work to do to go the beach.

It's not correct to say: I have so much work to do to accept your invitation....

But you could use so if you rewrite the sentence to say:

I have so much work to do that I cannot go to the beach.

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