Adjectives of Quantity

Adjectives of QuantityAdjectives of Quantity

(also known as Quantitative Adjectives)

 

Adjectives of Quantity show the quantity of the noun or pronoun. These adjectives do not provide exact numbers but tell us the approximate amount. 

 

Adjectives of Quantity answer the question: (How much?)

 

Some commonly used Adjectives of Quantity are: 

 

some, any, many, much, little, most, no, none, enough, all, sufficient, substantial, whole, too, half, few, great, etc.,

 

Examples in Sentences:

  • She drank a little water.
  • We don’t have much time.
  • I have had enough exercise in the morning.
  • This man donated all his property to the charity.
  • Did you invest any amount in the share market?
  • Leela requested him to give half the material.
  • Most of my work is still pending.
  • They sanitized the whole city due to Corona widespread.
  • You need to maintain sufficient patience.
  • Indian Army showed great courage in the battle with China.

 

 Points to Focus:

 

Difference between any and some

 

Some is mostly used in affirmative sentences for countable and uncountable nouns.

Any is mostly used in negatives and interrogative sentences.

 

  • The teacher found some mistakes in the notebook.
  • Did the teacher find any mistakes in the notebook?
  • No, The teacher did not find any mistakes in the notebook.

 

Difference between all and whole

 

    • With the use of ‘the’ in a different position:

                                    (All + the + noun   /  The + whole + noun)

 

    • The child has eaten all of the cake. 
    • The child has eaten the whole cake.
    • That lady was there all the time.
    • That lady was there the whole time.

 

    • When all and whole are used with plural countable nouns, they convey different meanings.

 

    • All the teachers in the school have Id cards. (every teacher)
    • They need to verify whole notebooks by evening. (entire notebooks)

 

    • When all and whole are used with possessive adjectives, 

all is used before a possessive adjective and whole after a possessive adjective.

 

    • My friend spent all his life in the same profession.
    • My friend spent his whole life in the same profession.

 

    • Generally, we use all with uncountable nouns. 
    • He has lost all (of) the money in the share market.

Differences between much and many

Much is used with uncountable nouns.

 

Examples in Sentences:

 

  • I get too much noise from the street.
  • How much time do you need to finish this task?
  • This doesn’t require much milk.

 

Many is used with countable nouns.

 

Examples in Sentences:

 

  • How many students are there in the class right now?
  • There are many teachers absent today.
  • How many litres of water do you drink every day?
  • Many singers participated in this mega event.

 

The use of too and enough

 

The adjective enough is used before a noun and after an adjective. 

The adjective too is used before an adjective. Sometimes, it may be used with many and much. 

 

Examples in Sentences:

  • I have had enough exercise today.
  • You don’t have enough time to finish this.
  • She doesn’t have enough money to buy the car.

 

  • He talked about too many problems.
  • There are too many difficult questions in the question paper.
  • You don’t have too much furniture here in this office.