Indefinite determiners are determiners that express quantity or the indefinite ideas of quality. They agree in number and gender with the noun they modify.
Indefinite determiners (which are also called quantifiers) are determiners that express quantity or indefinite ideas of quality. We use quantifiers when we want to answer the questions 'how much' or 'how many' and give someone information about the number of something.
Based on whether a noun is countable or uncountable, we can categorize the quantifiers into 3 groups:
- Quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns
- Quantifiers with countable nouns
- Quantifiers with uncountable nouns
Quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns
We can use these quantifiers with both countable and uncountable nouns:
- a lot of/lots of
- plenty of
More and Most
'More' is used as the comparative form of 'much', 'many' and 'a lot of'.
It indicates a greater amount or number than that is indicated by much or many.
Do you want
'Most' is used as the superlative of 'much', 'many', and 'a lot of'.
It indicates the greatest in number, quantity, etc. Notice that when used in comparisons, 'most' is used with 'the'.
He was the
Notice that more and most can also be pronouns. In this case, they come alone and are not followed by a noun or a noun phrase.
Who ate the
Any and Some
'Some' is used both with uncountable nouns and countable nouns (when they're plural). When the amount of something is not specifically mentioned we use 'some'.
In negative sentences and questions any is usually used instead of 'some'. It is used to refer to an amount or a number of something.
I don't want
Does she need
a Lot of and Lots of
'A lot of' and 'lots of' are synonymous. They both mean a large number of people or things or a big amount of things. They both can be used with countable and uncountable nouns.
a Lot of and Lots of with Countable Nouns
a Lot of and Lots of with Uncountable Nouns
Quantifiers (also called indefinite determiners) are the words that are used before adjectives, adverbs, or nouns to make them stronger or weaker. Based on the type of noun that follows them they are put in 3 groups.
- quantifiers for countable nouns
- quantifiers for uncountable nouns
- quantifiers for uncountable and countable nouns
Let us see the members of each group.
|quantifiers for uncountable and countable nouns||\More/ most/ no/ any/ some/ enough/ plenty of/ a lot of/ lots of||
He didn't need