Quantitatives or quantifiers are a type of determiners that are used with nouns. In this lesson, we will discover their uses, rules, and more in detail.
What are Quantitatives?
Quantitatives can be categorized into three groups.
- Quantitatives used only with countable nouns
- Quantitatives used only with uncountable nouns
- Quantitatives used with both countable and uncountable nouns
I don't have
Quantitatives: Group I
Some quantitatives can be used only with countable nouns:
- few/a few
She is the author of
He has a kind of low-paid jobs that
Every and Each
'Each' and 'every' are a kind of determiner. They have similar meanings and are used with a singular countable noun.
Either, Neither and Both
We use 'both, either and neither' if we are talking about two people or things. As a determiner, 'either/neither' must come before a singular countable noun and 'both' before a singular countable noun.
Few, a Few
'Few' and 'a few' are quantitatives meaning 'some.' We use them with plural countable nouns.
Quantitatives: Group II
Some quantitatives can be used only with uncountable nouns.
- a bit
- a little/little
- a great/good deal
I'd like to drink
Can I have
We use 'much' before uncountable nouns. 'Much' is mainly used in questions and negative sentences. It sounds very formal in positive statements, unless it is used after 'too' or 'so.'
I don't have
Do you have
You've used too
'A bit (of)' refers to both abstract and concrete things. They are an informal alternative to 'some, or a piece of or pieces of.'
Do you need
Little, a Little
'(A) little' means 'some, but not a lot.' We use them before uncountable nouns. For example:
I still have
a Good/Great Deal
'A great deal of/a good deal of' are used particularly with abstract nouns. For example:
The trip cost us
We use 'less' on its own with singular uncountable nouns. Take a look at an example:
Doctors recommend eating
Quantitatives: Group III
We can use these quantitatives with both countable and uncountable nouns:
- a lot of/lots of
'All' as a determiner means 'the complete number or amount' of something. 'All' is used before a countable noun or an uncountable noun. It also comes before articles, possessives, demonstratives and numbers.
I'd given up
Some, Any and No
The quantitatives 'some,' 'any' and 'no' are a kind of determiner. 'Some' is most common in affirmative clauses. 'Any' is most common in negative clauses and questions, but we can use 'some' when we are expecting the answer to be 'yes.'
The determiner 'no' is always used in a affirmative sentence. Do not use it in a negative sentence.
Have you got
We can use 'more' with plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns. For example:
We need five
a Lot of, Lots of
'A lot of' and 'lots of' are used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns in affirmatives, negatives, and questions.
I don't have
'Enough' can be used before uncountable and plural nouns as a determiner. Look at some examples:
We use the quantifier 'most' to talk about quantities. We can use it with plural and uncountable nouns as a determiner.
She comes home late