Quantifiers are words and phrases that indicate the quantity, level or amount of something. 

I have six apples.

I am very happy.

It was really big.

They also highlight whether this amount is positive or negative.

There are some apples.

They aren't any apples.

The quantifier usually goes before the noun, or noun phrase (including the adjective and/or adverb), and is often used with a variety of other adjectives.

It was a very big grey elephant

The most common quantifiers are:

  • All
  • Any
  • Both
  • Each
  • Enough
  • Every
  • Few/a few/ fewer
  • Little/ a little/ less
  • Lots of/ a lot of/ loads of
  • Many
  • More
  • No
  • Several
  • Some
  • Tons of/hundreds of

Two quantifiers are usually not used together but are often interchangeable. 

The exceptions to this are 'a little less', 'a little more', 'a few more' and 'every few'.

To make common questions, much or many are often used in conjunction with 'how'

How much is that car (price)

How many cars to you have (quantity)


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