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Quantifiers


What are quantifiers?

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.

Examples:

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.

Examples of quantifiers

With Uncountable Nouns

  • much
  • a little/little/very little *
  • a bit (of)
  • a great deal of
  • a large amount of
  • a large quantity of

With Both

  • all
  • enough
  • more/most
  • less/least
  • no/none
  • not any
  • some
  • any
  • a lot of
  • lots of
  • plenty of

With Countable Nouns

  • many
  • a few/few/very few **
  • a number (of)
  • several
  • a large number of
  • a great number of
  • a majority of

* NOTE

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.

** NOTE

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.

Exercise on quantifiers.
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