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
A lot of A lot of
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.