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Quantifiers with Countable and Uncountable Nouns When referring to a quantity, we must first look at the noun and determine if the noun is countable or uncountable. Here are a few pointers that will help you understand when to use which quantity identifier. Countable Nouns Uncountable Nouns A few A little Many Much A lot of A lot of Fewer less Examples for countable nouns We have a few books. There are many teachers here today. I have a lot of shirts. There are fewer students today than yesterday. Examples for uncountable nouns I have a little water left. There is much money in the bank. We have a lot of paper. There is less milk today than yesterday. ***Notice that “a lot of” can be used with countable and uncountable nouns. If you don’t remember when to use “much” or “many”, you can always use “a lot of”. Directions: Input the correct quantifiers in the blanks below. We are hungry! Today is the worst day! I only have a _________________ minutes to get ready for work. I don’t know if I will have time to eat breakfast. So, I don’t know if I should pack ________________ food, or, just eat at work. Speaking of work, I have _____________ tests to grade. Yesterday, the students had a writing exam. It’s going to take me forever to finish grading everything! After having to experience this kind of work first hand, I now have ________________ respect for my mother who was a teacher for 25 years! I guess I can give ________________ tests, but I don’t think that is best. The students really need the practice.
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