A quantifier is a word or phrase which is used before a noun to indicate the amount or quantity:
'Some', 'many', 'a lot of' and 'a few' are examples of quantifiers.
Quantifiers can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns.
There are some books on the desk
He's got only a few dollars.
How much money have you got?
There is a large quantity of fish in this river.
He's got more friends than his sister.
Exercise on quantifiers.
With Uncountable Nouns
- a little/little/very little *
- a bit (of)
- a great deal of
- a large amount of
- a large quantity of
- not any
- a lot of
- lots of
- plenty of
With Countable Nouns
- a few/few/very few **
- a number (of)
- a large number of
- a great number of
- a majority of
few, very few mean that there is not enough of something.
a few means that there is not a lot of something, but there is enough.
little, very little mean that there is not enough of something.
a little means that there is not a lot of something, but there is enough.