Beaucoup vs. beaucoup de in French

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Beaucoup vs. beaucoup de

Beaucoup expresses intensity, quantity, or a degree.

•  Beaucoup is often used with a verb.
Gérard Therrien a beaucoup pleuré en lisant Les Misérables. Gérard Therrien cried a lot when he read Les Misérables.
Victor mange beaucoup. Victor eats a lot.
•  Beaucoup de (much/many, a lot of) is followed by a noun.
Muriel fume beaucoup de cigarettes au bureau. Muriel smokes many cigarettes at work.
Il y a beaucoup de monde à cette soirée. There are many people at this party.
Victor a beaucoup d’amis. Victor has many friends.

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