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Questions tagged [quantifiers]

For questions about words that give information about the quantity or amount of something.

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What would be a formal substitute for the informal quantifiers “a lot of” and “lots of”?

A lot of, lots of with a noun We use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with ...
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Usage of ‘very’ before ‘many’?

I came across the following sentence in which ‘very’ is used before ‘many’. When do we use ‘very’ before ‘many’? Very many people have complained about the situation.
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Describing quantity: “code-length less than # lines” or “less than # lines code-length”

Which one is correct? code-length less than # lines Or less than # lines code-length Also, Should I write 'code-length' (with hyphen) or as separate words 'code length'?
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How many bananas are there? There are many. Is it correct?

I already learnt that we use much and many in negative and interrogative sentences and a lot of in affirmative sentences. But I saw this example in the book and I don't know if it's correct. Can I ...
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You're my friend for all / whole my life

Which of the two quantifiers is the correct one in the following context? a) You're my friend for whole my life. b) You're my friend for all my life. The meaning is to say that this is the ...
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Why is “little” not the correct option to fill “only ___ milk left”?

In Destination B2 book, these definitions are given for quantifiers little and a little: little: uncountable nouns, means 'not much' a little: uncountable nouns, means 'some' Now, given the ...
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I meet any man of the group. [Why doesn't this make sense?}

You can say: [1] You can use any pen to fill out this form. But people say you can't say: [2] I meet any man of the group. [3] I met any man of the group. I wonder why you can't. To me, with [2], ...
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What part of speech is ‘more’?

If possible always pay the balance in full every month or pay more than the minimum amount. What part of speech is ‘more’and which word it is modifying?
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How to speak english fluently [closed]

I am here to share one of my personal problem with you. I am not a native English speaker. I learn to read how to read or write in English. I am not very fluent in english. Sometime people ask me ...
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Little/ a little: “If you love whole fruit, there’s little evidence that indulging in it is bad for your health”

I have always thought that the difference between little and a little is that the former is used to express a negative idea like for example there's little support for my proposal, and the latter is ...
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“It's two kilometres” or “It's two kilometres far.” Are they both correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say "It's two kilometres far" or "town B is two kilometres far from town A?" Usually, we just omit the 'far.' But if we keep it in there, it's still correct right? My ...
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Which is correct, “one dozen transactions” or “a dozen transactions”? (The cashier conducted one dozen transactions)

Which is correct, "one dozen transactions" or "a dozen transactions"? As in, The cashier conducted one dozen transactions. (I researched my Oxford mini dictionary but it did not provide the help ...
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The kids all or All the kids

Which of the sentences below is correct? Please explain why. The kids all go to school on the same bus All the kids go to school on the same bus
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In the last few days I have slept “a very little”

Is it fine to use in "a very little" in such context? In the last few days I have slept a very little. Normally, in such context I use "a little bit" but I'm not sure if "a very little" is ...
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Which one is appropriate: much or many?

Should one say: "She knows much more people than me" or "many more people than me?"
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Do you say there is a few people or there are a few people? [duplicate]

Which one is correct: "There is a few people" because of the A determiner which is singular, or "there are a few people" because of the noun PEOPLE which is plural? Thanks a lot.
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Any open position, positions, or either?

Is the following question correct in an email? I am following up to inquire about any current open positions at the organization. When a countable noun follows any in sentences without to-be ...
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Is it correct to use “a lot of amount”

Is the term " a lot of amount " correct? Since ," a lot of "implies a quantity, "a lot of amount " is hardly in use.
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Does “Do this if any of As are B” and “Do this if some of As are B” means the same?

Does these two sentences have the same meaning? Do this if any of As are B. Do this if some of As are B. I would say yes, but I am not sure; if so, is one prefered over another? The second ...
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too many cookies

Can one use a. Too many cookies are bad for you. instead of b. Having too many cookies is bad for you. ================= Can one use c. Many cookies are bad for you. instead of d. Having many ...
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any of the assignments

a. If you haven't done any of the assignments, I can give you extra time to do them. Can this sentence mean two things? If you have done none of the assignments, I can give you extra time to do them....
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Can I use “few” with “staff”?

I am curious to know if you would use "few staff" in a sentence. I find it very strange, but have found some examples for the construction when I googled it. I have always thought that "few" could ...
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all most vs almost

We can use "almost" not "all most" in this sentence. When I tried to get a train ticket, ( ) the seats were already taken. "all most" is grammatical? and if not, why isn't it grammatical?
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“… but one (of them) is not a nickel.” - Why is that a riddle?

Few days ago I've been told about a riddle as can be seen in this episode of Scrubs: Two coins add up to 30 cents and one of them is not a nickel. So, what are they? It's a riddle. You'll ...
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“Not a lot of his friends…”

I have come across the following construction, but l am not sure whether it is correct or not. Not a lot of his friends speak English well. My question is: can we use "a lot of" in a negative ...
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Is it okay to use “a lot of” with countable nouns

Is it okay to use "a lot of" with countable nouns or is it still better to use "many" instead? For example, how much is "He had many wives" better than "He had a lot of wives"?
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What is left after “most” is taken from something: “some” or “very small number”?

I think this is a very subjective question. You have to choose an answer from the options after reading a passage. Here is the relevant part of the passage: All sunlike stars are born binaries. ...
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Language logic about singular and plural groups

I try to help some people with basic English, and I'm not able to explain why "Everyone" takes a "s" with the simple present verb, and why "People" takes no "s". I explained "Everyone" as a group, ...
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Choose the incorrect word in the given sentence

1) I haven't some spare pen. a) some b) haven’t c) I d) spare The answer to this is given "some", i.e. "some" is considered to be wrong here. I think the use of "haven't" and "some" ...
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Can we say “He didn't change very many”?

Can we say "He didn't change very many" instead of " He didn't change very much"?
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Are all these sentences grammatically correct?

I have solved that riddle before, so I get half as much credit as you do, for solving it. I have solved that riddle before, so I get half the credit you do, for solving it. I have solved that ...
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Shakespeare wrote “a great many” plays?

How is "a great many" grammatical?Many being modified by great in this case is something I have never heard before. I would say "wrote a great number of plays" or "wrote a lot of plays", maybe even "...
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How do you say the order of magnitude related to a specific value? [closed]

I have to explain a range of measures affecting a specific value, so I think writing this sentence: response time is limited to units of second in order of magnitude Is it correct?
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Which one (“most of it” or “all of it”) is correct in the given context?

Which one of the sentences below is correct both grammatically and conceptually? My teacher said that most of it was correct, with only one exception. My teacher said that all of it was correct, ...
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“There's more to her..” why TO?

Take a look at this example: She might affect ignorance but don't be taken in because there's more to her than meets the eye. Why to is used? The sentence clearly means that she has something of her ...
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What is the part of speech of quantifiers? Adjective or determiner?

Quantifiers are adjectives and adjectival phrases that give approximate or specific answers to the questions "How much?" and "How many?" Education First We use the quantifiers much, many, a lot ...
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“who has been much reviled”

A man like [Andrew] Lloyd Webber who has been much reviled for his conservative politics ... The Guardian Can we replace it with a lot of? Also it will be great if you could describe the below: ...
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“How many…” vs. “How much fish”

What is the correct way to say the following phrase: How many fish did you catch yesterday? How much fish did you catch yesterday? Is fish countable or uncountable here? Given the answer ...
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“not as strong” vs. “less strong” — interchangeable?

David is much smaller than Andrew and (is) less strong. David is much smaller than Andrew and (is) not as strong.
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“all day and all night” or “all day and night”

can we re-write "all day and all night" to be "all day and night" No one speaks and the DVD player runs all day and all night. Adventures in Europe and Central America No one speaks and the DVD ...
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What does it mean “a while ago”? [duplicate]

What does it mean "a while ago"? For how much time in the past it is said to be definite? I saw it in the context of a video on Youtube (0:36) Paraphrasing, the conversation was Rakesh: Hi, ...
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Is this correct - “a large number of people” or “many people”

Is it formal to add quantitative adjectives before plural nouns, like "a large number of people", "many people", "many men", etc. If not what is the correct usage? Also, is it more appropriate to ...
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How to use “any more” with “not”?

Is it correct to write the question: "Are there any more problems?"? considering that "problem" has a negative connotation to it? and to say: "There isn't any more problem" or "there aren't any more ...
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“There is a lot ” vs “There are lot”

There is a lot of animals. There are lot of animals. Which one between the above sentences is correct ? or both can be used ?
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Is “at the age about” correct usage?

This is taken from a composition of a TOEFL student. I am wondering whether "at the age about" is correct usage or "at the age of about" is just more idiomatic. I would be grateful for any comments....
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“Every” vs “each” usage

At the end of every day you will be required to write a review. At the end of each day you will be required to write a review. Which one of those sentences is better if this action will repeat itself ...
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Usage of “any” or “some” in “Would you like … wine?” [duplicate]

I have got another test question: Would you like ..... wine? any some This test assumes that the only correct answer is 'some' and some people argue that the use of 'any' in this ...
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Is proof a quantifiable word?

Can I quantify the word "proof", so is it possible to write the phrase many proofs and if yes in which situation is this more appropriate than writing much proof?
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price range vs costs between

Last week, my friends and I talked about buying computers. We came up with four different ways of saying how much we would spend on a computer. I am going to write them down below. (1) I want to buy ...
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Is “I have no much time.” correct?

I know "I have no time." is correct. I have no much time. But as to "I have no much time." to mean "not enough time", the sentence seems to have self-contradiction in a sense. Is the sentence ...