Expressions of quantity depend on whether a noun is countable or uncountable. These resources provide explanations, quizzes and lesson plans to help English learners in ESL / EFL classes improve their understanding of correct expressions of quantity usage.
Expressions of quantity are placed before nouns and express 'how much' or 'how many' of something exists. Some expressions of quantity are only used with noncount (uncountable) nouns, others are only used with count (countable) nouns. Some expressions of quantity are used with both noncount and count nouns
Choose the correct answer to these questions. Each question has only one correct answer. When you are finished click on the "Next Question" button. There are 20 questions in this quiz. Try to use only 30 seconds for each question. At the end of the quiz, you will receive feedback.
This guide to expressing quantity with the common phrases much / many, a few / few, and a lot of / lots of provides usage rules, as well as example sentences to provide contextual clues for English learners.
Countable nouns are individual objects, people, places, etc. which can be counted. Uncountable nouns are materials, concepts, information, etc. which are not individual objects and can not be counted. This guide provides specific examples, an explanation of the difference between countable and uncountable nouns, as well as further resources.
There are many expressions used to express large amounts in English. In general, 'much' and 'many' are the standard quantifiers used to express large quantities. This guide provides alternate expressions such as 'a great deal of' and 'lots of' with explanations of how to use each quantity expression
There is often quite a bit of confusion about how to use the quantifier phrases 'a lot', 'lots of', and 'a lot of'. This quick guide provides information on how to use these common forms to avoid this common English usage mistake.
'How' is used in a number of various combinations to ask questions. These questions often include expressions of quantity to describe an object. Here are the most common combinations followed by a quiz to test your knowledge.
Identify the following objects as countable or uncountable. When you are finished click on the "Next Question" button. There are 25 questions to this quiz. Try to use only 10 seconds per question. At the end of the quiz, you will receive quiz feedback.
Some nouns are countable which means you can use either the singular or plural form of the noun. Example: Book - a book - some books. Other nouns are uncountable which means you can use ONLY the singular form of the noun. Example: information - some information
The following lesson focuses on helping intermediate to upper-intermediate students solidify their knowledge of countable and uncountable nouns and their quantifiers. It also includes a number of overlooked or idiomatic expressions to help higher level students expand their knowledge of various quantifying terms used by mother tongue speakers.