Grammar Lessons: Quantifiers

What are Quantifiers?

Quantifiers are words or phrases that are used before a noun to show the amount of it that is being considered.

It is often followed by ‘of’, as in ‘a lot of money’.

Types of Quantifiers

There are three types of them:

  1. Quantifiers with Countable Nouns
  2. Quantifiers with Non-Countable Nouns
  3. Quantifiers with Countable and Non-Countable Nouns

Quantifiers with Countable Nouns

ManyA few
FewSeveral
A coupleNone of
Thousands ofBoth
NeitherEach
Examples
  • You have several paintings which are worth millions.
  • We have several problems to solve
  • I cut down a couple of trees in the forest
  • She bought a couple of bikes for her nieces.
  • None of the trees was cut down
  • None of my friends came to the party
  • There are many people who want to help you out
  • We have many cats and dogs at home
  • Thousands of people came to the party
  • Thousands of people left their homes after volcano eruption
  • Both trees from your yard were cut down 
  • Both of them came to my office and asked for a raise.
  • Neither one of them made a contribution to the project.
  • Neither one of them brought what they promised

Quantifiers with Non-Countable Nouns

Not muchA little
LittleA bit of
A good dealA great deal
Examples 
  1. I have a great deal of confidence in this team.
  2. A good deal of attention needs to be devoted to little children.
  3. I need a little bit of help with the programming assignment
  4. There is not much action in this movie
  5. With very little I keep the organization alive.

Quantifiers with Countable and Non-Countable Nouns

  • all of the trees/
  • some trees/ water
  • most of the trees/
  • enough trees/ information
  • a lot of trees/ information
  • lots of trees/ water
  • plenty of trees/ information
  • a lack of trees/ water
Examples
  • All of the trees were cut down
  • Some information has been leaked to the public
  • Most of the oceans are polluted
  • I don’t have enough money to get until the end of the month
  • There is a lack of water in distant communities
Quantifiers

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