Verbal Ability - Quantifiers
A quantifier is a word or phrase which is used before a noun to indicate the amount or quantity. Quantifiers can be used with countable and uncountable nouns. Some examples of quantifiers (in bold) are −
There are some books on the desk
He's got only a few dollars.
How much money have you got?
There is a large quantity of fish in this river.
Quantifiers that are used with uncountable nouns
- a little/little/very little
- a bit (of)
- a great deal of
- a large amount of
- a large quantity of
Quantifiers that are used with countable nouns
- a few/few/very few
- a number (of)
- a majority of
- a large number of
- a great number of
Quantifiers that can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns
- lots of
- plenty of
- not any
- a lot of
- ‘Few’, ‘very few’ mean that there is not enough of something.
- ‘A few’ means that there is not a lot of something, but there is enough.
- ‘Little’, ‘very little’ mean that there is not enough of something.
- ‘A little’ means that there is not a lot of something, but there is enough.