We use quantifiers when we want to give some one information about the number of something: how much or how many.
- Much / many
- A lot of / a lots of
- A few / a little
1. MUCH / MANY
MUCH - things that you can't count or don't have plurals
ham, bread, water
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.