Adjective of Quantity

using Quantity Adjectives in sentences

  • Adjectives of quantity show how much of a thing is meant; as — some, little, enough, no, much. These adjective words answer the question “How much of it?” Observe the following sentences.
  1. He gave me some money.
  2. There is no sugar in the tea.
  3. He has put a little milk in the cup.
  4. He has already wasted much time.
  5. There is enough food in the kitchen.

In the sentences 1 – 5 above, the adjectives some, no, little, much, and enough are adjectives of quantity or amount since they denote quantity of the nouns they precede—money, sugar, milk, time and food respectively.

Rules Governing Adjectives of Quantity
    For example:
  • I shall buy some bananas.

    For example:
  • I shall not buy any bananas.
  • Have you bought any bananas?

However, some is an exception to the above rule. Some is used in interrogative sentences, which are commands or requests.

    For example:
  • Will you please lend me some money?

    For example:
  • There is little hope of his recovery.
  • He has little appreciation of hard work.

    For example:
  • There is a little hope of his recovery.
  • He has a little appreciation of hard work.

    For example:
  • The little information he had was quite reliable.
  • The little knowledge of management he possessed was not sufficient to stand him in good stead.

    For example:
  • Few men are free from faults.

    For example:
  • A few men are free from faults.

    For example:
  • The few remarks that he made were very good.

Important Hint!  

Note that only uncountable nounsOpens in new window follow much, little, some, enough, sufficient and whole.

    For example:
  • I ate some rice.
  • There are not enough spoons.