# 17 Quantitative Determiners

## Introduction

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide information about which and how much/many people, things… we are talking about.

Quantitative determiners or quantifiers are used to indicate the quantity of something.

## Form

There are no rules to explain how the quantitive determiners are formed. The main quantitative determiners are:

• With countable nouns: both, many, (a) few
• With uncountable nouns: somemuch, (a) little

## Example

• Countable nouns
• There are shops on both sides of the street.
• Not many people visit London every winter.
• Were there only a few people at work?
• Uncountable nouns
• Some people like football and basketball.
• We do not have much time.
• How little sugar is left?

## Use

We use quantitative determiners with countable and uncountable nouns to indicate the quantity of something.

Countable nouns:

• Both = One and the other of a pair of things;
• Many = Big amount of separated objects;
• (A) few = Little amount of something.

Uncountable nouns:

• Some = Undefined but considerable amount of something;
• Much = Big amount of a mass;
• (A) little =  Small amount of something.

## Summary

Quantitative determiners are used to indicate the quantity of something. Different quantitative determiners are used with different nouns.

• Countable nouns, which can be counted easily and using numbers, can take the determiners both, many and (a) few
• Uncountable nouns, which cannot be counted easily and are considered as a mass, can take the determiners some, much and (a) little

For example:
— Countable: “Can you buy a few coffees at the bar?” = cups of coffee.
— Uncountable: “Can you buy some coffee at the supermarket?” = coffee in powder.

Coffee can be both countable and uncountable, with a difference in meaning.

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