Quantifiers

Quantifiers are words that tell us how many of something we have. For example, in these sentences, the first words (the ones that look like this) are quantifiers:

  • One of the cars is red.
  • Two of the cars are red.
  • Half of the cars are red.
  • Some of the cars are red.
  • All of the cars are red.
  • Each of the cars is red.
  • Enough of the cars are red.

Quantifiers are tricky because they can also be pronouns. Look at the following sentences. Notice that they are very similar to the previous sentences, except that the quantifiers are used WITHOUT the of:

  • One is red.
  • Two are red.
  • Half are red.
  • Some are red.
  • All are red.
  • Each is red.
  • Enough are red.

Here is a list of quantifiers:

0%, 10%, 50%, 100%, etc.
, , etc.
1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
one, two, three, four, etc.
one half, one third, one fourth, one quarter, one fifth, etc.
a bit
a couple
a few
a good deal
a good many
a great deal
a great many
a little
a little bit
a majority
a minority
a number
a quantity
all
an amount
another
any
any
both
certain
each
either
enough
enough
few
fewer
heaps
less
less
little
little
loads
lots
many
masses
more
more
most
much
much
neither
none
numbers
part
plenty
quantities
several
some
the majority
the remainder
the rest
the whole
tons
various