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Quantifiers

Level: beginner

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.

Quantifiers with count and uncount nouns

We can use these quantifiers with both count and uncount nouns:

all some more a lot of enough
no any most lots of less

We have lots of time.
Joe has lots of friends.
I can't go out. I've got no money.
There was a lot of food but no drinks.

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Level: intermediate

These more colloquial forms are also used with both count and uncount nouns:

plenty of heaps of  a load of  loads of  tons of

We have loads of time.
Joe has plenty of friends.
There was heaps of food.

Level: beginner

some and any

We do not normally use the quantifier some in negative and interrogative sentences. We normally use any:

Do you have any children?
Did you see any friends?
We don't have any children.
I didn't see any friends.
We saw some lions at the zoo, but we didn't see any tigers.

but we can use some for offers and requests:

Would you like some tea?
I want some apples, please.

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Quantifiers with count nouns

Some quantifiers can be used only with count nouns:

(not) many each either (a) few
several both neither fewer 

These more colloquial forms are used only with count nouns:

a couple of hundreds of thousands of

I’ll be back in a couple of minutes.
There were hundreds of people at the meeting.

Quantifiers with uncount nouns

Some quantifiers can be used only with uncount nouns:

(not) much a bit of a little

Would you like a little wine?
Could I have a bit of butter, please?

These quantifiers are used particularly with abstract nouns such as time, money and trouble:

a great deal of a good deal of

It will probably cost a great deal of money.
He spent a good deal of time watching television.

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Level: intermediate

Members of groups

We put a noun directly after a quantifier when we are talking about members of a group in general:

Few snakes are dangerous.
Most children like chocolate.
I never have enough money.

but if we are talking about members of a specific group, we use of the as well:

Few of the snakes in this zoo are dangerous.
Most of the boys at my school play football.
He’s spent all (of) the money that we gave him.
Both (of) the chairs in my office are broken.

Note: with all and both, we don’t need to use of. We can say all the … and both the … .

both, either and neither

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.

Both the supermarkets
were closed.

All the supermarkets
were closed.

The supermarket
wasn’t open.

Neither of the supermarkets
was open.

None of the supermarkets
were open.

I don’t think the supermarket
was open.

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

I don’t think any of the supermarkets
were open.

Note that nouns with both have a plural verb but nouns with either and neither have a singular verb.

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every and each

We use the quantifiers every and each with singular nouns 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.

We do not use a determiner with every and each:

Every shop was decorated with flowers. (NOT The every shop)
Each child was given a prize. (NOT The each child)

Comments

Hello BC Team,

Can I say "none of" & " No one" or "Nobody" are use in plural nouns and follow by plural verb in a sentence?

Hope to hear from you.

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Hello,
We have lots of readers on LearnEnglish, so can you please ask one question at a time?
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

1) Can I say "each" & "every" are only use in singular nouns and must follow by a singular verb?
"All" is use in plural nouns and must follow by plural verb?

2) "Either" & "neither" are use in plural nouns and must follow by singular verb in a sentence?

Hope BC Team can enlighten me.

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Hello,
I don't have major problems in learning english online. But I do have some questions in between. I do understand they way they teach but words like count and uncount nouns. I simply don't get it.
Please tell me what is count and uncount nouns?
Also, what's colloquil forms?
I'm confused what to use and when to use. Please reply soon to my comment.
Thanks

Hello angie_rose,
Welcome to LearnEnglish.  There is a good grammar section on the site where you can find answers to your grammar questions.  For example, you can find information on count and non-count nouns here and here.
We divide nouns into count and non-count (also called count and uncount nouns).  Count nouns are ones which we can... count!  For example, we can count apples - one apple, two apples, a thousand apples etc.  These nouns can be singular or plural.
Non-count nouns are nouns that we cannot count because there is just more or less of something, not a number.  For example, we can't count water.  We have some water... some more water... yet more water...  These nouns are always singular.
Colloquial language means language which is for everyday use rather than language which is formal or academic.  You can use the dictionary window on the right of the page to check words like this and you'll get a definition and examples to help you.
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter ,
Please get us reasons for right or wrong in the activities . Not able to conclude.
Thanks in advance.

Hello shiyazahammed,
I'm afraid we're a small team here at LearnEnglish and we simply don't have the time to explain every answer in every exercise!  We can help with any particular queries you have about particular examples, but if you want an explanation for every answer then I think you'll need to find a teacher to help you.
Remember that all the examples in the exercises are designed to practise rules given in the grammar explanations.  If you want to know why a certain answer is correct or not then find the corresponding rule in the explanation.  It's always there!
Best wishes,
 
Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Respected sir,
There is a  big confusion to use each and every with children please help me to clear in these sentences.
Every child in the world deserves affection
We want each  children to succeed.
 

Hello missarshmah!
 
Can I ask what your confusion is? Both each and every mean all. Both of your example sentences are good uses of each or every, but remember that we use the singular with each and every, so the second sentence should read:
We want each child to succeed.
 
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
 
Regards
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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