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I'm always uncertain when writing zuviel (or zu viel?). From my feeling I'd write

Das sind zu viele Aufgaben.
Ich sehe zuviel fern.

Is this correct? And what is the spelling rule behind this? (And since the question doesn't yet meet the quality standards: It would also be interesting to know whether the last spelling reform changed the rules.)

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Since the spelling reform, the two word-version is the correct one ("zu viel"), unless you are using a noun as in "ein Zuviel an Schokolade".

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Great, so I don't need to be uncertain anymore in the future. Do you know when zuviel was used before the reform? – Hendrik Vogt Sep 21 '11 at 18:25
@Hendrik Vogt in nearly any case, as Olaf stated, the one is the old form, the other the new one… – feeela Sep 21 '11 at 22:24
@Hendrik Vogt: I think the rules were the same as for "wieviel": For countable things, it's "wie viele" / "zu viele", else it is "wieviel" / "zuviel". This is one of the things that became simpler with the reform. – OregonGhost Sep 22 '11 at 19:30
@OregonGhost: Ah, thanks! So it seems my feeling above was right as far as the old rules are concerned. Do you know any reference? – Hendrik Vogt Sep 22 '11 at 20:20
@Hendrik Vogt: No, no reference. This is just what I learned in school. – OregonGhost Sep 22 '11 at 20:30

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