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What's the difference between 许多 and 很多?

I have learned that 许多 can't be used as predicate yet in this sentence it seems to have a predicative function

他觉得妻子虽然老了许多 但仍很美丽

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  • Why do you think it has a predicative funtion? I think it's just an adverb for descripting the level of 老了. – songyuanyao May 21 '15 at 9:16

it's almost the same. both means a lot, very much..


许多 usally in written, and 很多 usually in speech.

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