use of some quantifiers

UNCOUNTABLE-NOUNS
• Little and a Little are used with non-count nouns, that is, such
that we can't express in number but in quantity, as an amount.
Form
(a) little + uncountable noun
For example:
 I have little milk in the fridge. It's almost finished.
(talking about the amount of something, as milk is measured in
some quantity, but not in number)
 I ate just a little. I don't eat much in the evening.
(talking about the quantity of food, food is not measured in
numbers, neither)
COUNTABLE-NOUNS
Generally, Few and A Few are used with count nouns,
therefore describing how big or small is the number of
things.
Form
- (a) few + plural countable noun
For example:
 Few people came to the party.
(talking about the number of people)
 I have already talked to a few people.
 Few – Little
Are used to express a negative idea. We mean unsatisfactory number or amount
of something, not enough
Consider the examples:
- I feel sorry for her. She has (very) few friends.
(Negative idea: She does not have many friends; she has almost no friends.)
- There was few biscuits.
- I have (very) little money. I don't even have enough money to buy food for dinner.
(Negative idea: I do not have much money; I have almost no money.)
- There was little coffee.
Note: the use of very (+few/little) makes the negative stronger, the number/amount
smaller.
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A Few - A Little
We have a positive idea. That is, we mean the number or amount of something is
satisfactory. Maybe not so many or not so much, but enough.
Consider these examples:
- She has been here only two weeks, but she has already made a few friends.
(Positive idea: She has made some friends already.)
- There was a few biscuits.
- I'm very pleased. I've been able to save a little money this month. (Positive idea: I
have saved some money instead of spending all of it.)
- There was a little coffee.
A few/ a little give a positive idea; they indicate that something exists, is present, as
in the examples above.
Note:
If we use a few or a little before a pronoun or
determiner, we use of.
Examples:
- A few of them went to the cinema.
- He only kept a little of his money with him.
Making comparisons
The comparative form of &quot;few&quot; is fewer, and the comparative
form of &quot;little&quot; is less.
Remember: use &quot;fewer&quot; for plural countable nouns, and &quot;less&quot; for
uncountable nouns.
For example,
&quot;There are fewer people here than last year&quot; or &quot;He drinks less
coffee than I do&quot;.
It is grammatically incorrect to say &quot;There are less people here
than last year&quot;, as &quot;people&quot; is a plural countable noun.
 A LOT OF , LOTS OF
These two expressions both mean a great deal of or several. They are used
before a count or non-count noun. These two expressions tend to be used in
informal English.
- Form:
A lot of - Lots of + singular or plural name
Examples:
- He's got lots of books.
- I've got a lot of experience at work.
- We have seen a lot of changes in this company
- There are lots of job opportunities in this country.
LOT OF
• Use a lot at the end of a sentence as an adverb. A
lot is NOT followed by a noun. The meaning is the
same as a great deal.
Examples:
• I enjoy swimming a lot.
• Mary seems to travel a lot.
ENOUGH
Form:
 enough + noun
 enough + of + pronoun/determiner
Usage:
1. We use enough to mean sufficient.
Examples:
• Your clothes are big enough to fit me.
• You've done enough work. You can stop now.
• Have you got enough money to buy me a drink?
2. We use enough in negative sentences to mean
less than sufficient or less than necessary.
You're not working fast enough, you won't finish on
time.
Sorry, I haven't got enough food for everyone.
Not enough of my friends are coming to the party.
3. We can use enough without a noun if
the meaning is clear.
There's a lot of food but not enough for
everyone.
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