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  • Much, many, a lot, little, few, some, any, no – quantifiers

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct quantifiers for each gap below.

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    1We are really busy now. I have ______ time to spend with my family. Choose TWO correct options
    a.
    b.
    c.
    2There was very ______ space left to park.
    a.
    b.
    c.
    3A: Have you got anything to read?   B: Yes, I have ______ magazines.
    a.
    b.
    c.
    4People eat ______ cheese in this country. Choose TWO correct options
    a.
    b.
    c.
    5A: Did ______ see you?   B: ______ saw me.
    a.
    b.
    c.

     

  • Much, many, little, few, some, any, no – Grammar chart

    Much, many, a lot, little, few, some, any, no – quantifiers

    Many/much

    Many for countable, much for uncountable in (?) and (-)

    We use many before plural (countable) nouns and much before uncountable nouns. We use them in negative sentences and questions. We don’t often use them in affirmative sentences.

    • There isn’t much coffee in the jar.
    • Were there many people in the party?

    Too much/too many, so much/so many

    Note that we don’t normally use much/many in affirmative sentences, but we can use too much and too many or so much and so many in affirmative sentences.

    • There’s too much salt in the soup.
    • You eat too many biscuits.
    • There were so many people that we had to leave.
    • He ate so much cake that it made him sick. 

    How much/how many

    We use how many and how much to ask about quantity.

    • How many concerts have you ever been to?
    • How much coffee have you had today?

     

    A lot of/lots of/plenty of

    Before both countable and uncountable

    We use a lot of, lots of (more informal), or plenty of before both plural (countable) and uncountable nouns. We normally use them in positive sentences.

    • She spends a lot of time watching TV.
    • We had lots of good moments together.
    • We’ve got plenty of time

    Of before noun; no of at the end of a sentence

    We must always use a lot of or lots of including of at the end. However, we can use the expressions a lot or lots (without of) at the end of a sentence.

    • ‘How many beers did you have?’ ‘I don’t know; I had lots/a lot.’
    • I like her a lot.
    • I don’t want any more cake, thanks. I’ve had plenty

     

    (A) few/(a) little/a bit of

    Few for countable; little for uncountable

    We use (a) few before plural (countable) nouns and (a) little or a bit of (more informal) before uncountable nouns in affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences.

    • I have to do a few things this afternoon.
    • He always gets good results with very little effort.
    • Can you put a bit of sugar in the tea.

    Few or a few? Little or a little?

    A few means ‘some but not many; enough’, and a little means ‘some but not much; enough’ .

    Few means ‘almost none; not enough’.

    Normally, the difference between a few/little (WITH a) and few/little (WITHOUT a) is that a few/little is positive in meaning, and few/little is negative. Compare:

    • There’s little milk in the fridge; we have to buy more. (=Not enough; we need more)
    • ‘Shall I buy some beers?’ ‘No, it’s OK, there are a few in the fridge.’ (=Enough; we don’t need more)
    • ‘Do you speak English?’ ‘No, I speak very little English.’ (=Negative)
    • ‘Do you speak English?’ ‘Yes, I speak a little English.’ (=Positive)

     

    Some/any/no

    Some in (+) and any in (?) and (-)

    We use some in affirmative sentences and any in negative sentences and questions.

    • There isn’t any sugar in the cupboard.
    • Have you got any new friends?
    • I have some questions to ask you.

    No in (+)

    We use no in affirmative sentences.

    • There are no biscuits left. 
    • I have no questions to ask.

    With both countable (plural) and uncountable

    Some, any and no can be used before countable and uncountable nouns. But if we use them before a countable noun, the noun must be plural.

    • Are there any students in the classroom? (NOT Is there any student in the classroom?)
    • There are no students in the classroom. 

    Some for offers and requests

    We use some (NOT any) in interrogative sentences when we are offering or requesting (=asking for) something.

    • Would you like some help?
    • Can I have some tea, please?

     

    None

    None is a pronoun. It means ‘zero’. We use it in affirmative sentences as a pronoun to replace countable and uncountable nouns. This means that it’s not followed by a noun.

    • There were three bottles before we left and now there is none.
    • ‘How much cake did you have?’ ‘None.’

    None of

    We can also use none of + noun (countable or uncountable).

    • None of the questions were answered. 

     

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