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.
- He gave me some money.
- There is no sugar in the tea.
- He has put a little milk in the cup.
- He has already wasted much time.
- 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.
- Some is used in affirmative sentences to express quantity or degree.
- I shall buy some bananas.
- Any is used in the negative or interrogative sentences to express quantity or degree.
- 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.
- Will you please lend me some money?
- Few vs Little
Few is used for countable objects and little is used for non-countable objects.
- Little means not much. So use of the word little has a negative meaning.
- There is little hope of his recovery.
- He has little appreciation of hard work.
- A little means some though not much. Therefore, use of a little has a positive meaning.
- There is a little hope of his recovery.
- He has a little appreciation of hard work.
- The little means not much but all there is.
- The little information he had was quite reliable.
- The little knowledge of management he possessed was not sufficient to stand him in good stead.
- Few means not many. Therefore, use of the word few has a negative meaning.
- Few men are free from faults.
- A few means some. So, use of word a few has a positive meaning.
- A few men are free from faults.
- The few mean not many, but all there are.
- The few remarks that he made were very good.
Note that only uncountable nounsOpens in new window follow much, little, some, enough, sufficient and whole.