What are quantifiers?
Quantifiers are types of determiners that help indicate the quantity of something.
A quantifier can be a number or a word.
➜ E.g. I have a few pencils. ✏️✏️✏️
➜ E.g. She has a lot of friends. 👭👫
There are several rules we need to follow when using quantifiers. These rules depend on whether the noun is countable, uncountable, or both.
Here is a simple summary of the rules:
These are nouns that can be counted. They have singular and plural forms.
➜ E.g. He has two blue books. 📘📘
We add the article ‘the’ between the quantifier and the noun being described.
➜ E.g. Some of the bananas are ripe. 🍌🍌🍌
We add an appropriate quantifier when describing more than two countable nouns. These include a few, many, a number of, etc.
➜ E.g. I saw a few zebras at the zoo. 🦓🦓🦓🦓
These are nouns that can’t be counted. They only have singular forms. We use quantifiers such as a bit, a little, a large amount of, etc.
➜ E.g. I have a lot of homework to do. 📝
Both countable and uncountable nouns
Some quantifiers can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns.
These include all, some, lots of, not any, etc.
➜ E.g. There are some oranges in the bowl. (countable) 🍊🍊🍊
➜ E.g. There is some bread in the cupboard. (uncountable) 🍞🥖