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What are “Quantifiers and Partitives?” Grammar Review

A quantifier is a word or phrase used before a noun or pronoun to refer to a quantity or amount of something. Quantifiers are used to give more information. We use these words and phrases with countable and uncountable nouns. With a quantifier, just about all nouns are countable in English! Simple quantifiers used with countable nouns include words like “Many, few, several etc. Quantifiers used with both countable and uncountable nouns are “All, enough, a lot of, some, any etc. Partitives are words or phrases used to refer to part of something. In other words a partial quantity. Partitives are used to refer to both countable and uncountable nouns. “A glass of water, a can of soda, a slice of bacon, a room full of people. Often, we use a container or form of measurement in partitive construction. This grammar review is a brief and partial explanation of quantifiers. Below are a few examples. Ask your teacher to help you with this subject.

“Partitive” Examples

I just bought a pound of sugar at the supermarket!

Here is a bouquet of flowers for your birthday!

Would you like a cup of coffee now or later?

May I get you a bottle of water from the fridge?

“Countable” Quantifier Examples

Could you buy a few apples at the shop?

We have several cats on the farm!

How many apples do we have at home now?

“Uncountable” Quantifier Examples

Could I have just a little sugar for my coffee?

May I offer you a bit of my chocolate cake?

Our neighbor doesn’t have much money!

The main idea with quantifiers is to recognize ways to refer to nouns. Ask your teacher for a further explanation and examples to practice with.

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