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Is money a countable noun?

We had a little/few money left, so we decided to have a meal in a cheap restaurant so that it costs us a few rupees.

Here rupees is the currency of India.

I wonder few rupees make sense. But why we can't use few money here?

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Whether money is a count or a noun-count noun depends on the context. Most of the time, it's a collective singular noun that never takes a plural. When talking about different sources of revenue, however, the plural form, monies, as can be seen in these links to examples of "the monies" in Google Books and to this Google Ngram showing that the plural form has been used for more than 200 years, but less so today than in the early 1800s.

Here's an example of the plural: "And the Monies mentioned in each such Debenture, with the Interest thereon, shall be charged upon and repayable and paid by the said Commissioners out of the Monies which shall come to their Hands under the final Award to be made by... (page 34)"

Your example sentence should be:

We had (only a) little money left, so we decided to have a meal in a cheap restaurant because that would cost us just a few rupees.

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Indians don't speak pure English most of the time. They speak Hinglish or Marathi-English or other such variant, so they tend to use the original language's grammar constructs while speaking English.
I have experienced this first-hand as I am also Indian (coincidentally, my father's name is also Sudhir).

'We had few money left' is an example of Hindi-converted English (Hamare paas thode paise the). It's not a legal English sentence. The correct sentence would be 'We had some money left' or 'We had a little money left'.

Few rupees doesn't make sense either, as the meaning of 'few' in itself is taken as a negative, that is something like 'Few people have ever attempted this task'. 'A few rupees' would be better.

  • Sorry mods, didn't notice the date. Feel free to delete this if it violates the rules. – cst1992 Dec 14 '15 at 9:49
  • Answering old questions is totally okay :-) – snailboat Dec 14 '15 at 10:45
  • cst1992 , Good answer (Hamare pass those paise the). It deserves +1 at least from me. – Khan Dec 14 '15 at 11:52
  • Which would be the best at the beginning of the sentence, little or a little? (Also, why is few bad for few rupees? Few means not many which is why it has a negative meaning. Didn't they want to eat in a cheap restaurant to it cost the not many rupees?). Otherwise, nice answer. – Araucaria Apr 13 '16 at 8:47
  • @Araucaria The problem with 'little' or 'few' in English is that it doesn't mean 'small but not zero', it means 'zero'. This is difficult for non-natives to understand. The sentence with 'Few' in the last line is an example of that. 'We had little money left' is same as no money left(taken as so little money that it's negligible) – cst1992 Apr 13 '16 at 8:52
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Money is an uncountable noun, so use little/much with it.

Rupees are countable, so use few/many with them.

By the way, you can you a lot of and lots of with both "money" and "rupees".

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    I would say that money is countable if you're using it as a synonym of currency. "There are dozens of different monies stored in the vault." is perfectly valid, even if perhaps not as commonly used. – corsiKa Oct 1 '14 at 22:40
  • @corsiKa I've never seen it used that way. If it contained Dollars, Pounds and Lilliputian Nanoshekels I'd say "kinds/types of money" or just "currencies". – user24381 Sep 18 '15 at 18:03
  • @blokedown - There's a good post about the word monies here, which says, "The word is used in some special circumstances and isn't often used in casual speech. It is a word that would be used by investors, bankers, accountants, etc. to refer to different kinds of money." Some quotes from finance articles seem to back that assertion, such as, "Argentina had fifteen different monies in circulation," found in a paper by George T. McCandless, entitled Argentina: Monetary Policy by Default. – J.R. Sep 18 '15 at 21:03

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