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Quantifiers for uncountable nouns

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Take a look at these two questions:

How much milk do you drink?

How many cartons of milk do buy a week?

Why do we use much in the first qustion and many in the second?

Milk is an uncountable (non-countable) noun like water, snow and rice.

Cartons of milk are countable so we use many. Other countable nouns include people, houses and pens.

A cartoon is a quantifier. Quantifiers allow us to make uncountable nouns countable. They specify amounts or units.

Example Quantifiers

A bottle of water.

Two cans of cola.

Three boxes of tissues.

Now choose the correct quantifier or noun. Some of the quantifiers are used with countable nouns.

  • 1) We need to buy a ___ of sugar.





  • 2) Would you like another ___ of wine?





  • 3) There's a ___ of bread in the kitchen.





  • 4) I'm going to make myself another ___ of tea.





  • 5) Put that ___ of mayonnaise back in the fridge





  • 6) He gave me a ___ of flowers for our anniversary.





  • 7) Where's the ___ of toothpaste?





  • 8) We've already finished those two ___ of cereal.





  • 9) Buy one ___ of lettuce and one __ of cabbage.





  • 10) Shall we open a ___ of biscuits?