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Section 11.4.1.3

Quantifiers

Quantifiers are determiners used to express thequantity of the noun being described. Like possessive adjectives, quantifiers usually precede allother elements in a noun phrase. Some commonquantifiers are most, much, any, no, some, and few.


Most people have a hard time grasping that the insideof the Sun rotates six times faster than the outside of the Sun.

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Choose a quantifier that is appropriate for your noun. Some quantifiers can beused with all types of nouns, some can be used only with countable nouns, and others can be used only with uncountable nouns.

Check your subject-verb agreement carefully when youuse a quantifier. Some quantifiers have special rules forsubject-verb agreement.

In general, do not use articles before quantifiers.


Unacceptable

The all kangaroos cough when frightened.

Acceptable

All kangaroos cough when frightened.

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However, you can use articles before the quantifiers few andlittle. You can also use demonstrativeadjectives before few and little. That is not the casewith other quantifiers.


A few carbon atoms have an atomic weight of 14.[A few such atoms exist.]

Few carbon atoms have an atomic weight of 14. [Notmany such atoms exist.]

A little catalyst can greatly increase the rate of areaction. [a small amount]

Little evidence was found to support thehypothesis. [not much, if any]


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