Unit 10.1

Quantitative Determiners

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Introduction

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

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

Form

We use quantitative determiners to describe the quantity of something.

The most commonly used quantifiers are: all (of), a lot of (lots of), a number of, enough (of), most (of), none (of)…

Example

  • I was busy all day.
    All of my friends are already married.
  • I asked hims a lot of questions.
    Lots of things can happen in a long trip.
  • She owns a number of cars.
  • There isn’t enough red wine for everyone.
    There are enough of us to get the group price.
  • Most children like sweets.
    Most of the students in our university come from France.
  • I have three leather jackets, he has none.
    None of their children have dark skin.

Use

We use quantitative determiners to indicate the quantity of something:

  • all (of) (everyone or everything, the entire amount or number);
  • a lot (of) (a large number in quantity, scale or degree);
  • a number of (more than two but fewer than many);
  • enough (of) (quantity, quality, or scope that meets requirements, demands, or expectations);
  • most (of) (greatest in quantity, scale, or degree, majority);
  • none (of) (not any, not one or no person).

Summary

Quantitative determiners are used to indicate the quantity of something.

The most commonly used quantifiers are: all (of), a lot of (lots of), a number of, enough (of), most (of), none (of)…

For example:
— “A number of my friends booked the flight to Valencia.” = A number of indicates that more than two but not too many friends booked the flight.
— “None of my friends took the ship.” = None of indicates that not any of my friends took the ship.

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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