QUANTIFIERS. Quantifiers are words that are used to state quantity or amount of something without stating the exact number. . Quantifiers answer the questions "How many?" and "How much?" We use quantifiers with plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns .
We use quantifiers with plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns.
many I don\'t have many apples.
few* We know few people in the area. I would like to get to know more.
a few** We know a few people in the area. I know enough people to keep me happy.
Much I don\'t have much money.
little* I know little English. I am going to have a problem getting around England.
a little** I know a little English, at least enough to get England.
** a few/a little - means that there are not a lot of something, but there is enough.
Few people visited him in hospital (= he had almost no visitors)
He had little money (= almost no money)
"I\'ve got a few friends" (= maybe not many, but enough)
"I\'ve got a little money" (= I\'ve got enough to live on)
Enough I have enough money.
We have enough cookies.
Plenty I have plenty of money.
We have plenty of cookies
A lot of I have a lot of money.
We have a lot of cookies.
Lots of I have lots of money.
We have lots of cookies.
Some I have some money.
We have some cookies.
Any I don’t have any money.
They are like comparatives and hold a relative position on a scale of increase or decrease.INCREASE (0% to 100%)With plural countable nouns many more mostWith uncountable nouns
much more most
Much time and money is spent on education, more on health services but the most is spent on national defense.
With plural countable nouns
few fewer fewest
With uncountable nouns
little less least
Fewerpeople die young now than in the nineteenth century.
The country with the fewest people per square kilometer must be Australia. Scientists have littlehope of finding a complete cure for cancer before 2020. She hadless time to study than I did but had better results. Give that dog the least opportunity and it will bite you.
Some and any are used to state the quantity, amount of something. When using some or any the exact number is not stated.
The exact number is not known.
The exact number is not important or relevant.
Some and any are used with countable nouns and uncountable nouns
Any is used with:
When asking a question.
Any is used when a sentence is grammatically positive, but the meaning of the sentence is negative.
Do you have any ice cream left?
I don\'t have any money today. I am getting paid on Friday.
My brother never does any thing good.
Some is used with:
Positive sentences. When asking a question, if the answer is expected to be positive or not relevant or you are offering something.
The children have some free time.
Please buy some bananas.
Can I have a glass of tea?
Would you like some cake?
Positive statements:“Someoneis sleeping in my bed.”“He saw somethingin the garden.” “I left my glasses somewhere in the house.”
“Are you looking for someone?” (= I\'m sure you are) “Have you lost something?” (= I\'m sure you have) “Is there anything to eat?” (a real question) “Did you go anywhere last night?”
“I don\'t know anything about it.” (= neutral, no emphasis) “I know nothing about it.” (= more emphatic, maybe defensive)
“You can borrow any of my books.”“They can choose anything from the menu.”“You may invite anybody to dinner, I don\'t mind who comes.”
1) Ann has _________candies.2) Bill doesn\'t have _________money.3) Sue will give us _________information.4) There is _____________ milk in the fridge.5) There isn\'t ________________beer.
1. It seems to me that we\'ve had __________assignments in English this term.2. How _____________material can we be expected to read in one week?3. ______________books are not in the library.4. I\'ve had ____________headaches already because of stress.5. _______________depression can be attributed to being overworked.