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Quantifiers in English

    What are quantifiers?
Quantifiers tell us something about the amount or quantity of something (a noun).
Some quantifiers express a small or large quantity:
  • Small: I have a few things to do before finishing work.
  • Large: I have many things to do before finishing work.
Some quantifiers express part of or all of a quantity:
  • Part: It rains most days in winter.
  • All: It rained all day yesterday.
Quantifiers belong to a larger class called Determiner.

Examples of quantifiers

Quantifiers can be a single word (e.g. some) or a phrase (e.g. a lot of). Quantifiers that appear as a phrase are often called Complex Quantifiers.
Simple Quantifiers: all, another, any, both, each, either, enough, every, few, fewer, little, less, many, more, much, neither, no, several, some.
Complex Quantifiers: a few, a little, a lot of, lots of

The position of quantifiers

We put quantifiers at the beginning of noun phrases.
quantifier + noun
  • some people
quantifier + adjective + noun
  • many old books
quantifier + adverb + adjective + noun
  • a lot of very crazy drivers
We can also use quantifiers without a noun, like a pronoun.
  • These books are old but some are still in good condition. (Some refers to some books)


Formal and Informal Quantifiers

Sometimes we can make a sentence more formal or more informal (or natural) just by changing the quantifier.
Many people where invited to the wedding. (formal) A lot of people arrived late. (informal/natural)
They made little progress. (formal)
They didn't make much progress. (informal/natural)

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   Quantifiers in English: Essential English grammar:

 Definition
Quantifiers are a type of determiner which denote imprecise quantity. They modify nouns or pronouns.
They differ from numbers or numerals which indicate precise quantity.

The most common examples:
The most common quantifiers used in English are:

some / any , much, many, a lot, a few, several, enough.
There are three main types of quantifier    READ MORE....


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