Unit 3.2

# Quantitative Determiners

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## Introduction

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

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

## Form

Quantitative determiners come before a noun to indicate its amount or quantity.

The main quantitative determiners are:

• with countable nouns: (a) few, both and many
• with uncountable nouns: (a) little, some and much

## Example

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

## Use

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

### Countable nouns

• (Afew = little amount of something;
• Both = one and the other of a pair of things;
• Many = big amount of separated objects.

### Uncountable nouns

• (Alittle = small amount of something;
• Some = undefined but considerable amount of something.
• Much = big amount of a mass;

## Summary

Quantitative determiners are used to indicate the amount or quantity of something. We use different quantitative determiners with countable and uncountable nouns:

• with countable nouns we can use the determiners (a) few, both and many
• with uncountable nouns, we can use the determiners (a) little, some and much

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

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

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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