Quantifiers to use with Countable and Non-Countable Nouns

Quantifiers tell us how much or how many there is/are of something. It’s difficult to know when to choose which quantifier so this is a little lesson that will help you understand. Remember, it’s important that you understand the difference between countable and non-countable nouns before you do this lesson. 

There are a lot of kittens in the box. At least several!

Here are some quantifiers that work with countable nouns:

  •       there are many trees
  •       there are a few trees (not lots, but more than 2)
  •       there a few trees (there aren’t many trees)
  •       there are several trees (there are 7 or more trees)
  •       there are a  couple of trees (there are 2 trees)

Here are some quantifiers which work with non-countable nouns:

  •       I only do a little dancing (I don’t dance very often)
  •       I sometimes do a little dancing (I dance, but not very often)
  •       I do a little bit of dancing, but not much. (I don’t do very much dancing)
  •       I do a good deal of dancing (I dance more than most people)
  •       I do a great deal of dancing (I dance a lot, I dance more than almost everybody else)

Here are some quantifiers that work with both countable and non-countable nouns:

  •       all of the trees/dancing
  •       some trees/dancing
  •       most of the trees/dancing
  •       enough trees/dancing
  •       a lot of trees/dancing
  •       lots of trees/dancing
  •       plenty of trees/dancing

Example Quantifier Sentences 

  • I’ve got some apples in my basket and some water in my bottle.
  • I haven’t got any apples in my basket, nor any water in my bottle.
  • Have you got any apples in your basket? 
  • Have you got any water in your bottle? 
  • I had some visitors last weekend, but we didn’t have any this weekend
  • Have you got any rooms free for the night of September 30th ?
  • Few people can speak more than three languages
  • A few (of the) paintings in this gallery are really good.
  • There’s little point in trying to mend it. You’ll never succeed!
  • I’ve got a little money left; let’s go and have a drink.

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