Quantifiers are words that we use to show the amount or quantity of something. They help us express whether we are talking about a specific number, an approximate number, or a general amount. 

Examples of common quantifiers are much, many, some, any, little, few, and a lot of.


Some quantifiers we can only use with countable nouns, and others we can only use with uncountable nouns. See the chart below for rules

Quantifiers that can be used with Countable nouns (nouns that have a plural form)


There are many books to read at the library.

a few

There are a few students in the classroom.


She has some flowers in her garden.

a lot of

There were a lot of people at the party.


Are there any restaurants near here?
We don’t have any tomatoes left.

*only used with questions and negative statements 

Quantifiers that can be used with Uncountable Nouns (nouns that do not have a plural form)


I have drunk too much coffee today.

a little

I like to put a little sugar in my tea.


Should we listen to some music?

a lot of

There was a lot of rain last night during the storm.


Do we have any homework?
I don’t have any money.

*only used with questions and negative statements

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