Quantifiers are words that come before nouns in order to indicate the amount or how much of a non-count noun is being stated, or the number or how many of a count noun is being stated. Remember that amount and how much refer to non-count nouns while number and how many refer to count nouns. Let's look at a few examples.
"The students have a tremendous amount of work to complete before the end of the year."
"His fuel gauge was not working, so he didn't know how much gas was left."
"The number of people in the club exceeded the maximum occupancy."
"I don't remember how many times I have been to New York."
There are some quantifiers which are used only with non-count nouns. Here are a few examples: a little, not much, little, or too much.
There are some quantifiers which are used only with count nouns. Here are a few examples: few, many, several, or a couple of.
There are some quantifiers which are used with both non-count and count nouns. Here are a few examples: some, a lot of, plenty of, or enough.
Give these exercises a try.
By Thomas Williams
Teacher at EC San Diego English School