ELS – Determiners and Quantifiers – Part 2

24 November

Determiners and Quantifiers – Part 2


What is a quantifier?

Quantifiers are also words that come before a noun, but they give a different type of information. They describe the quantity of an item – how much or how many there are of something.

Like determiners, quantifiers can vary depending on two different types of nouns too. In this case, it depends on whether you are referring to a count noun, or a non-count noun. So what’s the difference between the two of these?

Count nouns are nouns that can be counted, such as tables, apples, books and cars. Non-count nouns are nouns that you cannot count – such as love, money, faith and rice.

While you can have five apples, you cannot have five rice!

There are different quantifiers for count and non-count nouns.

Quantifiers for count nouns include:

–       Many

–       Several

–       Few

–       A number of

While for non-count nouns, they include:

–       much

–       a little

–       a bit

And some can be used for both!

–       All

–       Enough

–       Some

–       A lot of

–       Any

Let’s take a look at some examples!

“There were many tables at the wedding.”

“She only ate a little rice.”

“There is not enough love in the world.”

“You can take some apples with you.”

Your turn

Quantifiers and determiners are both important parts of the English language, and are something you will be using all the time! So to make sure you understand how to use them correctly, make sure you get in lots of practice. Try reading as much as possible, and look for examples!

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