‘All those money’ vs. ‘all that money’ in English

by Jakub Marian

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Saying “all those money” instead of “all that money” is a common mistake among speakers of languages where “money” is a plural noun, such as virtually all Slavic languages. In English, “money” is an uncountable (mass) noun, just like “water” or “mud”, so it is only used in the singular. Thus, the only correct form is “that money”:

Where did he get all that money? (correct)
Where did he get all those money? (wrong)

Similarly, we must use “this money”, not “these money”:

This money is for people in need. (correct)
These money are for people in need. (wrong)

Note that there are also the words “moneys” and “monies” (both being correct plural forms of “money”), but their usage is limited to legal or financial texts to describe several individual sums of money. Unless you are a lawyer, you can simply ignore this word (you will never hear it in everyday conversation).

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