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# QUANTIFIERS

We use quantifiers when we want to give some one information about the number of something: how much or how many.

1. Much / many
2. A lot of / a lots of
3. A few / a little

#### 1. MUCH / MANY

MUCH - things that you can't count or don't have plurals

How much money do you have?

There isn't much coffee left.

There's not much work this week.

I don't have much time today.

MANY - things that you can count or have plurals

an egg (2 eggs), a day (7 days)

How many friends do you have?

There isn't many potatoes left.

They don't have many days to complete it.

There weren't many people in the cinema.

#### 2. A LOT OF / LOTS OF

- We use a lot of / lots of with countable and uncountable nouns. Both forms are used in singular and in plural senteces.

There are a lot of / lots of students.

A lot of / lots of people come to my party.

We waste a lot of / lots of time.

She had a lot of / lots of books in her bag.

- The main difference between the terms in each pair is the degree of formality.

So we can say or write registry:

There are a lot of people over there.

or say the same sentence in less formal and irreverent way:

There are lots of people over there.

#### 3. A FEW / A LITTLE

A FEW - some, a small number, we used them with plural countable nouns.

a few people, a few oranges

I have a few  good friends.

We still have a few cakes left.

Can I ask you a few questions?

A LITTLE - some, a small number, we used them with uncountable nouns.

a little time, a little money

We've got a little time before the train leaves.

He speaks a little English.

There is a little juice in the glass.