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Quantifiers

Quantifiers are determiners that describe quantity in a noun phrase. They answer the question "How many?" or "How much?" on a scale from no (0%) to all (100%).

We use some quantifiers only with countable nouns. We use some other quantifiers only with uncountable nouns. And we use some with countable or uncountable nouns.

The table below shows quantifiers that can indicate quantity from 0% to 100%. Notice which ones can be used with countable, uncountable or both:

  countable uncountable
100% all
every  
  most
many much
some
(a) few
fewest
(a) little
least
any
0% no

Like all determiners, quantifiers come at the beginning of a noun phrase, so they come in front of any adjective(s).

Look at these example sentences:

There are other quantifiers such as enough and several that cannot easily be shown on a scale:

More information on specific quantifiers: