Quantifiers: Countable and uncountable

1st Part
Countable VS Uncountable

2nd Part
“Each” and “Every”

3rd Part
“Some” and “Any”

Grammar in use

  • Topic : Countable VS Uncountable
  • Skills : Grammar


What is a quantifier?
A quantifier is a word that expresses a quantity.

many birds

Little water

Some quantifiers are used with countable nouns:

small quantitybig quantity
few apples
a few apples
a couple of apples
several apples
many apples
most apples

Some quantifiers are used with uncountable nouns:

small quantitybig quantity
little water
a little water = a bit of water
much water

Some quantifiers work with countable and uncountable nouns:
(See the lesson on countable and uncountable nouns for details)

Enough apples/water
a lack of apples/water (= not enough)
a lot of apples/water = lots of apples/water = plenty of apples/water
most of the apples/water
all (of) the apples/water

Language Tips on Quantifiers

In formal English, it is better to use “many‟ and “much‟ rather than phrases such as “a lot of‟, „”lots of‟ and “plenty of‟.

There is a difference between “few‟ and “a few‟:
Few flowers= not many flowers
a few flowers = some flowers

There is the same difference between “little‟ and “a little‟:
little time = not a lot of time
a little time = some time

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