Plenty

I'm sure you have heard 'plenty' at least once. In this lesson, we are going to learn all there is about it.

How To Use "Plenty" in English?

'Plenty' is a pronoun, a noun, and an adverb. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Plenty'

'Plenty' as a Pronoun

As stated above, 'plenty' can be a pronoun. Below, we are going to see the kind of pronoun it is:

Use

'Plenty' as an Indefinite Pronoun

As you know, 'plenty' is a quantifier and shows the quantity of something. However, it is not definite. So, we call it an indefinite pronoun. It means that there is a good deal of something. Take a look at the following examples:

There's plenty of food in the refrigerator.

As you can see, we cannot identify how much food exactly is there.

They told me that I could get plenty of water down the road.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'plenty' is a pronoun here, it must precede 'to' and be connected to the pronoun it is referring to. Look below:

Mom said there's plenty of rice there.

I thought I saw plenty of fish on that table.

'Plenty' as a Noun

As stated above, 'plenty' can also be a noun. Below, we are going to learn all about it:

Use

When we use 'plenty' as a noun, it means that there is a good deal of food and other basic necessities to survive. Look below for more clarification:

I miss the season of plenty back in the old days.

The manger said that all resources are in plenty.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'plenty' is a noun here, it can be the subject, object, objects of preposition. Look at the following examples for more understanding:

I thought you said all the fields were in plenty.

'Plenty' as an Adverb

As stated above, 'plenty' can also function as an adverb. Below, we are going to learn all about it:

Use

'Plenty' as an Adverb of Degree

Since 'plenty' shows the quantity of something, it goes under the category of 'Adverbs of Degree'. Look at the following examples:

This cake looks plenty delicious.

George rushed out the door since he was plenty frustrated.

Position in a Sentence

When 'plenty' is an adverb, it always comes before an adjective and modifies it. Checkout the following examples:

My father looked plenty happy when he got home.

The students looked plenty interested in the topic I was discussing.

Idioms and Expressions with 'Plenty'

We have only one idiom with 'plenty'. Below, we are going to learn all there is about it:

  • Be plenty more where someone/something came from: When we want to indicate that there are more of things/people that we are talking about:

Here, have another slice of cake. There's plenty more where it came from.

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