We use quantifiers when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.

Sometimes we use a quantifier in the place of a determiner:

Most children start school at the age of five.
We ate some bread and butter.
We saw lots of birds.

We use these quantifiers with both count and uncount nouns:

 

all any enough less a lot of lots of
more most no none of some  

 

and some more colloquial forms:

 

plenty of heaps of a load of loads of tons of  etc.

 

Some quantifiers can be used only with count nouns:

 

both each either (a) few fewer neither several

 

and some more colloquial forms:

 

a couple of hundreds of thousands of etc.

 

 

Some quantifiers can be used only with uncount nouns:

 

a little (not) much a bit of

 

And, particularly with abstract nouns such as time, money, trouble, etc:, we often use:

 

a great deal of a good deal of

 

Members of groups

You can put a noun after a quantifier when you are talking about members of a group in general…

Few snakes are dangerous.
Both brothers work with their father.
I never have enough money.

…but if you are talking about a specific group of people or things, use of the … as well

Few of the snakes are dangerous.
All of the children live at home.
He has spent all of his money.

Note that, if we are talking about two people or things we use the quantifiers both, either and neither:

 

One supermarket Two supermarkets* More than two supermarkets

The supermarket was closed

The supermarket wasn't open

I don’t think the supermarket was open.

Both the supermarkets were closed.

Neither of the supermarkets was open.

I don’t think either of the supermarkets was open.

All the supermarkets were closed

None of the supermarkets were open

I don't think any of the supermarkets were open

 

*Nouns with either and neither have a singular verb.

 
Singular quantifiers:

We use every or each with a singular noun to mean all:

 

There was a party in every street.  = There were parties in all the streets.
Every shop was decorated with flowers.  = All the shops were decorated with flowers.
Each child was given a prize.  = All the children were given a prize.
There was a prize in each competition.  = There were prizes in all the competitions.

 

We often use every to talk about times like days, weeks and years:

When we were children we had holidays at our grandmother’s every year.
When we stayed at my grandmother’s house we went to the beach every day.
We visit our daughter every Christmas.

BUT: We do not use a determiner with every and each. We do not say:

The every shop was decorated with flowers.
The each child was given a prize.

Activities
 

Choose the correct quantifier

 

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Comments

Respected Sir,
Is this sentences is correct?
'He spent all his money.' I mean why of is needs here?
Is it because money is uncount noun and we talking about specific group "his money"
If it is so then why of is included in sentence
'All of the children live at home'?
As we are talking about all children not specified one.
Thanks for all your efforts. I really appreciate them
Munish

Hello munish064,

In modern English, people say both 'all his money' and 'all of his money'. Generally, as the page says above, we use 'all of' when we are talking about a specific group or category:

all money = all the money anywhere, or money in general

all of the money = a specific collection of money, such as the money one person has

 

Similarly:

all children = all childen anywhere

all of the children = all of a particular group, such as in a school or a family

I hope that clarifies it for you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir,
Could you please tell me which sentence is the correct one?

1. Can you put some paper in the printer, please?
2. Can you put some papers in the printer, please?

Hello Harsha Wijethilake,

'Paper' is only countable when we are talking about newspapers, so the first sentence is correct here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning,

First I would like to tell you that the activities window at Quantifiers chapter has also narrowed and the exercises cannot be solved because they cannot be read.
Please do not offer me the answers as I shall postpone solving those exercises until the windows are fixed.
Second I would like to ask what sort of noun is money for I have found it two times on this site so far, once being given as an example of uncount noun, then as an abstract noun. Are there multiple categories of nouns that money belongs to?

Hello Dragos,

I've now learned how to fix the problem with the exercises being narrowed and have corrected the error on this page. We're grateful that you've reported these as you see them, and please do let us know if you see any more.

You are correct about 'money' – as you can see in the dictionary, it can be used as a count and also uncount noun. Many common nouns (e.g. 'water', 'sugar') also behave in this way.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

dear sir
which one is correct
1)neither of them is
2)neither of them are

Hello hasheef,

In an informal context, a plural verb can be used, but in a formal context, you should use the singular verb.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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