Questions tagged [quantifiers]

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don't like all of your friends

Could one ever use a) I don't like all of your friends. instead of b) I dislike all of your friends. (I don't like any of them) ? Could one use c) She can't stand all of the shows I like. instead of d)...
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Which pronoun should I use after “lots of paper”? (“it” v “them”)

Does this sentence sound grammatically correct? He used lots of paper and cut them into different sizes. Or should I use it instead?
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One vs. single (when we talk about amount)

When we talk about amount, which word is more correct, "one" or "single"? Remember, you should do it in one step, not multiple ones. Remember, you should do it in a single step, ...
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Few people vs Some people [duplicate]

I got a sentence where I was asked to correct/improve it by choosing one of the given options. I was sure of using "Few" instead of "Some" with people but it turned out that I was ...
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scarcely any or scarcely the?

In the following sentence from Frankenstein, the definite article "the" cannot be replaced by "any." Could anyone provide a logical explanation, please? Last Monday (July 31st), ...
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scarcely leaving me any/the room

I'd like to know whether "the" or "any" should be used in the following: The porky fellow came into the cubicle, scarcely leaving me any/the room in which I was standing. I'd appreciate your help.
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there is/ are loads of things you can buy

According to this website, a lot of, lots of, a load of and loads of take a singular verb if they refer to an amount of something uncountable and a plural verb if they are followed by a plural ...
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A question about tenses and quantifiers

I have done all my homework = There is no more homework to be done. I am tired because i have done a lot of homework. "a lot" is a quantity, which requires present perfect simple. Is it possible to ...
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Quantity expression in sentence

Which one is correct grammatical? Give me 5 kg of Sugar. Give me 5 kg Sugar. What is the difference between above sentences?
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Part of speech of “one half” in “one half a number plus three is five”

I thought it should be "one half of a number" but it seems one half a number" is the preferred way of saying this. Why? Is it incorrect to use "of" here? Does the same apply to an actual number such ...
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quantity words used adverbially to describe the extent of something

I've noticed the word plenty can be used as an adverb: We're plenty [=very] busy with the work we have already. It's plenty cold outside. There's plenty more where that came from. ...
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Quite a lot -vs- a lot ( what is bigger?)

I've seen other answers, but they don't give enough information. There is a question in a book, to compare the amount of cookies on different plates. In my opinion, quite a lot is bigger, but I can't ...
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Need help with a list of quantifiers please

I'm trying to figure out if this list of quantifiers is countable, uncountable or both. I have marked them as either: C (COUNTABLE), UC (UNCOUNTABLE) or B (BOTH). I use the following simple (...
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every kind of disease

a. He thinks he has every kind of disease. One day he thinks he has lung cancer. The next day he thinks he has stomach cancer. And then he thinks he thinks he has liver problems. It never ends. b. He ...
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on both sides/on the two sides

a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides. b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides. Do those mean all in all there were two hundred lives lost or ...
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Usage of quantifier with an indefinite pronoun

When an indefinite pronoun is modified by a quantifier, does it always come after indefinite pronoun? Eg: "Nothing much happened today".
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How do we use invariable plurals?

I'm trying to get my head round how we use so called invariable plurals. I have been through about a million different sites now, and come up with the following: (i) There are three main groups of ...
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How do you quantify the flesh of “fish” that is used as food

I think we can say: I see two fish in the water. Since it is a countable noun when it refers to: An animal that lives in water, and uses its fins and tail to swim But both Lexico and ...
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Does “a range of” have the same meaning as “a number of” or “many”?

Does a range of have the same meaning as a number of or many?
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“for every” or “for any”

For every proposition p, (p or not-p) is true. For any proposition p, (p or not-p) is true. The meaning is that "no matter what proposition you put instead of p, (p or not-p) is true. Which one ...
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Is “_NOUN_ who each _VERB_” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I just came across the following sentence; A company with 1,000 employees who each send eight e-mail messages per workday would produce two million messages per year. where who each send sounds ...
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Is there not much sugar and many candies in the shop?

I had such a sentence: Are there not much sugar and candies in the shop? And I was confuseed with "are".On the one hand it should be "are" for we combine "sugar" = "it" and "candies" = they ...
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A lot of vs Much/Many

I was searching for difference between a lot of and Much and came across following rules(See here) We usually use a lot of and lots of rather than muchand many in informal affirmative clauses: ...
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Why can't l chose much or far instead of quite?

I solved a problem in which l picked wrong answer and the question is the part of text which has blank to be filled . Text is very long so l want to give a part of the text . "I don't like reading ...
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“Few” after possessive adjectives: “He sold his few books”

When you say: He sold his few books. Does it mean he sold a few books or he sold few books? If it means few books, should I say: He sold his some books. to mean he actually had some books?
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Which then most sought where most might not be found, [closed]

What do the following "which" and "most" refer to? “I, measuring his affections by my own, which then most sought where most might not be found, being one too many by my weary self, pursued ...
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Can “lot” stand without the article 'a' to mean “so much”?

Thank you for [...]. It means lot! Thank you for [...]. It means a lot! Can the first sentence be used instead of the second one when wanting to give the word a different value than the one in ...
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Can “A game a few would play” be a valid structure?

This is a line in a "poem", but I have changed two words to "game" and "play" with preserving the sentence exact structure. Indeed, a game a few would play. I have searched for this structure ...
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{listened/have listened} the recordings {several/too many} times

If I want to say to anyone that I listened the recordings several times today. I have listened the recordings too many times today. Which form is the correct form of the sentence? If none, ...
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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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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 ...