Used with non count nouns in
questions and negative sentences.
I don’t have much time.
I have a lot of free time.
Too much (non count)
Too many (count)
They describe a quantity
that is more than it should
be. Only use them if there
is a problem.
He has a good job. He earns too
He earns a lot of money.
I am too sick to go to work today.
I am very tired. I am going to stay
Don’t use very before a verb.
Don’t use much with an affirmative
There was much rain yesterday.
There was a lot of rain yesterday.
A few/a little
A small quantity
Not a lot, but enough
When we omit a, the emphasis is
on the negative. We are saying
the quantity is not enough.
Few people wanted to have a party.
The party was canceled.
I have a little money left. I can buy
I would like to go to Disney World
with the kids, but I have very little
money left for my bills.
I was hungry, so I ate a few nuts.
There are few cars in the parking
lot today. I wonder if there is
Enough - A good quantity, what
Plenty (of) – enough or a little
more than enough
Would you like some coffee?
No, I have had enough coffee for
This diet requires you to drink
plenty of water.
Use too before adjectives and
adverbs. Use too much and too
many before a noun.
I am too tired to sleep.
She speaks too fast.
I ate too much chocolate.
You spend too many hours in front
of the TV.
Use enough after adjectives and
adverbs but before nouns.
It’s good enough for me.
You can’t drive fast enough for me.
I drink enough water.
She can’t be on the basketball
She’s too short to be on the team.
She isn’t tall enough to be on the basketball team.
He can’t play professional baseball.
Used with count nouns in
affirmative and negative
sentences and in questions.
How many books do you have?
are used for questions with plural
count nouns and non count nouns.
Any is used after a negative verb,
and no after an affirmative verb.
Do you need some napkins?
Do you want any fries?
There aren’t any potatoes in the
He doesn’t have no time.
He doesn’t have any time.
He has no time.
Non count nouns can be measured
by container, portion, shape etc.
can of, a bowl of, a cup of, a glass of,
slice of, a piece of, a strip of,
pound of, a scoop of, a quart of,
bottle of, carton of, a jar of, a bag of,
gallon of, a loaf of, an ear of, a head of,
roll of, a tube of, a bar of, a bunch of
Use of with a unit of measure.
I ate three pieces of bread.
Don’t’ use of after many, much,
a few, a little if a noun follows
She has many (of) friends.
He put a little (of) milk in his coffee.