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Determiners - Quantifiers

What are quantifiers?

Quantifiers are words that are used to state quantity or amount of something without stating the actually number.

Quantifiers answer the questions "How many?" and "How much?"

Quantifiers can be used with plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns.

Quantifiers must agree with the noun. There are 3 main types of quantifiers. Quantifiers that are used with countable nouns, quantifiers that are used with uncountable nouns. and the 3rd type are quantifiers that are used with either countable nouns or uncountable nouns.

 

Countable Nouns

Uncountable Nouns

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much

x

I don't have much money.

many

x

-

I don't have many apples.

few*

x

-

We know few people in the area. I would like to get to know more.

a few**

x

-

We know a few people in the area. I know enough people to keep me happy.

little*

-

x

I know little English. I am going to have a problem getting around England.

a little**

-

x

I know a little English, at least enough to get England.

enough

x

x

I have enough money.

plenty

x

x

I have plenty of money.

** a few/a little - means that there are not a lot of something, but there is enough.

  • There are a few apples. There are enough apples.
  • There are a people at the meeting. There are enough people to hold a meeting. There are not a lot people, at the meeting, but there are enough
  • I know a little English. He know enough English to manage.
  • I have a little money.

*few/little - means that is not enough of something.

  • There are few apples. There are not enough apples.
  • There are few people. There are not enough people at the meeting. We can't hold a meeting, because there are not enough people.
  • There is little money. We can't buy a lot of expensive food.
  • If things for the holiday. I don't have enough money, then we will stay home and have a great time.
  • They know little English. They can't get around very well. They don't know enough English to manage.

Someone & Anyone

Much & Many

What are determiners?

That - This - These - Those Determiners

What are quantifiers?

What are articles?

Some - Any

That - Which

A - An - The