quantifiers Quantifiers are words that are used to state quantity . They answer the questions "How many?" and "How much?" Quantifiers can be used with plural countable nouns, uncountable nouns or both.
Large quantities (+) Use a lot of/lots of : They have a lot of/lots of money. Lots of is more informal. Use a lot when there is no noun: I like speaking in English a lotMainly used in affirmative sentences.
Large quantities: (-) & (?) Use much with uncountable nouns. Do you watch much TV? I don’t have much money. Use many with countable nouns. Are there many students in your class? There aren’t many cafés near here. In both cases you can also use a lot of.
Small quantities Use a little with uncontable nouns. Would you like some sugar in your coffee? Just a little please. Use a few with countable nouns. This town has a few good restaurants. few and little can be pre-modified by very. Hurry up! We have very little time.
More than you need or want. Too + adjective. I won’t buy this shirt. It’s too big for me. It’s too expensive. I can’t afford it. Too much + uncountable noun. What I don’t like about big cities is that there is too much traffic and too much noise Too many + plural countable noun. What I don’t like about big cities is that there are too many cars and too many people.
Less than you need. Not enough + noun There aren’t enough car parks in this city. Sorry, I havent got enough food for everyone. Adjective + enough Youre not working fast enough, you wont finish on time
Some, any,no + -body / -one, +-thing, + -where The compounds of some, any and no behave in the same way as some any, and no, that is to say, some-, in affirmative sentences, any-, in negatives and questions, and no (with affirmative verb) although we use some- in the interrogative to offer something, to ask for something or when we expect a positive response, as we saw in the previous unit. Examples: I saw somebody there. I did not see anybody there. Did you see anybody there? I saw nobody Would you like something better? Nothing is better than that
Any, no, not any No means the same as not any, but is more emphatic. He has got no friends. (More emphatic than He hasn’t got any friends.) any can be used before a singular countable noun with the meaning of it doesnt matter who/which/what.