Grammar Pre - intermediate. Quantifiers II. Quantifiers. A type of determiner ; give information about the number of something ; appear in front of nouns ; function also as pronouns . All , any , enough , less , many, more, a couple of , a lot of , much, few ,.
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All, any, enough, less, many, more, a coupleof, a lot of, much, few, ...
a little water
a few books.
(a) little + uncountable nouns
(a) few + countable nouns
(a) little time
(a) little money
(a) little bread
(a) few friends
(a) few ideas
(a) few seats
= somebut not much:
He didn’t eat anything, but he drank a little water.
I speak a little Russian.
Canyou speak German?
= nearly no or nearly nothing:
There was little milk in the bottle. It was nearly empty.
Joan seems to be ill. She ate very little in the morning. ( = almost nothing)
= some but not many:
Excuse me, can I have a few questions?
We are going to mountains for a few days.
Are there any banks near here?
Yes, a few.
I can tell you a few words in Russian.
= nearly no:
There were few peoplein their concert. The hall was nearly empty.
Your driving abilities are very good. You made very few mistakes.
Only veryfew people came to see this performance.
A little= positive.
I have a little money ( so I can buy something).
I havelittle money ( so I can’t afford to buyanything).
A few = positive.
Very few = negative.
I’ve a few goodfriends (so there is someone who can help me).
I have few good friends(so probably there is nobody who can help me).