Expressions of quantity tell us how many or how much of something there is.
We use a little and much only with non-countable nouns like money, snow, pollution etc.
We use a few and many only with countable nouns like people, cars, books etc.
Let’s take a look at some expressions of quantity that are used with both countable and non-countable nouns:
Countable and Non-countable Expressions of Quantity
Countable: There aren’t any cookies left. (negative) / Are there any cookies left? (question)
Non-countable: There isn’t any water in the cup. (negative) / Is there any water in the cup? (question)
Countable: There are no dogs in the park.
Non-countable: There is no money in my wallet.
Countable: Some children study here in the mornings. (affirmative)
Non-countable: There is some noise coming from that house. (affirmative)
Countable: There are more students in this school than in that other one.
Non-countable: There is more crime in poor countries than in rich countries.
A lot of / lots of
Countable: She has a lot of / lots of pets.
Non-countable: There’s a lot of / lots of traffic in my city.
Countable: There are plenty of cars on the street.
Non-countable: There is plenty of food in the fridge.
Countable: She keeps most of her books in her backpack.
Non-countable: We spent the most time on the renovations.
Countable: Who ate all the oranges?
Non-countable: Jessica is the one with all the experience.
Countable: There aren’t enough cookies for everyone, we need to buy some more.
Non-countable: There is enough space for both of us.
Click on the exercises below to practice quantity expressions: