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Quantifiers

What are nouns?


They are naming words.

For Example: RICE

CHAIR

PEOPLE
MILK

AEROPLANE
Nouns can be classified into 2 groups

Countable nouns Uncountable nouns


PEOPLE MILK
AEROPLANE RICE

CHAIR SAND

Can You Think of Other Countable or Uncountable Nouns?


Are the following nouns countable or uncountable?
What are “Quantifiers”?
• The term “Quantifier” comes from the word “Quantity”.

• A quantifier is placed before a noun to tell us the amount


needed.

Examples of quantifiers include:

much many a lot of

plenty of a little some

fewer less
How much do you already know about the usage
of quantifiers?

Activity : Pair work


Working in pairs, classify the following quantifiers
according to how they are used –

In front of countable nouns, in front of uncountable


nouns or both.

much many a lot of

plenty of a little some

fewer less
Quantifiers for Quantifiers for
Countable Nouns Uncountable Nouns

many much
A few less
A little

Quantifiers for Both Countable & Uncountable Nouns

A lot of some plenty


Which quantifier could be used in front of the following
nouns?
What about the following nouns?

MANY, A FEW, SOME, MUCH, LESS, A LITTLE, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Minutes Time
A few A Lot Of
Many Plenty
Much
Less
MANY, A FEW, SOME, MUCH, LESS, A LITTLE, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Dollars & Cents


Money Much, a lot of
Many, Few
Bags of money Many, Few,
Some

It is not advisable to carry too much money with you.

It is not advisable to carry too many bags of money with you.


MANY, A FEW, SOME, MUCH, LESS, A LITTLE, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Food Types of Food


Much, a lot of, Some, many, a few
plenty

There was so much food to eat at the buffet.

There were so many types of food to eat at the buffet.


MANY, A FEW, SOME, MUCH, LESS, A LITTLE, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Furniture Pieces of Furniture

Mother likes to have some furniture in the room.

Mother would like to have a few types of furniture


in the room.
MANY, A FEW, SOME, MUCH, LESS, A LITTLE, A LOT OF, PLENTY

Cereal Boxes of cereal

Grandfather needs to eat less sugar-coated


cereal for breakfast.

I can eat many boxes of cereal for breakfast.


 We can use quantifiers such as some or any
to ask questions.

• Examples :

• Do you like any of the books in the shop?

• Would you like to have some biscuits?


More Learning Resources
 BasicEnglish Grammar pgs 24 – 27
(Revision for Countable & Uncountable Nouns)

 BasicEnglish Grammar pgs 73 – 74 (Revision for


Adjectives of quantity)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfaJzxLY_p8