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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