How to use quantifiers

English Level:

Contents of this post:

Upper intermediate and above

Corrections and more example sentences

Here is something useful to remember.

Top tip

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Example 1: correct

There’s no need to rush. We’ve got plenty of time.

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Example 2: correct

We didn’t spend much money.

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Example 3: correct

We spent a lot of money.

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Example 4: incorrect

We spent much money.

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Example 5: correct

Do you see Sarah much?

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Example 6: correct

I see Sarah a lot.Β 
(meaning: I see Sarah regularly / on a regular basis)

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Example 7: incorrect

We see Sarah much.

Here is something useful to remember.

Top tip

Example 1

Many people drive above the speed limit.

Example 2

A lot of people drive above the speed limit.

Example 3

She has read many books.

Example 4

She has read a lot of books.

Example 5

There aren’t many shops here.

Example 6

There aren’t a lot of shops here.

Here is something useful to remember.

Top tip

Example 1

He has been a doctor for many years.

Example 2

He has been a doctor for a lot of years.

Example 3

They have been studying for many weeks.

Example 4

They have been studying for a lot of weeks.

Example 5

We have been exploring Glasgow for many days.

Example 6

We have been exploring Glasgow for a lot of days.

In this section we talk about tone

Elements of the language that show the speaker’s attitude towards the subject.

Examples:
The angry tone of the article reveals his feelings towards the politician.
The tone of his speech was positive.
The tone of this sentence is negative.

Example 1

Rebecca has been working very hard.
She has little time for painting.

You can also say it this way:

Rebecca has very little time for painting.

Side note

Example 2

Tony dislikes living in the countryside.
He has few friends there.

You can also say it this way:

Tony has very few friends.

Example 3

Let’s visit the museum.
We have a little time before it closes.

Example 4

Example 5

I enjoy my work.
I get on with a few of my colleagues.

Example 6

Example 7

He spoke little Spanish,
so I couldn’t understand what he was saying.

Example 8

He spoke a little Spanish,
so I could understand what he was saying.

Exceptions to the rule

Situations when these rules
do not apply.

Example 1

He only has a little time before the deadline.

He only has little time before the deadline.

There were only a few tables left in the restaurant.

There were only few tables left in the restaurant.

Example 2

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