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

Most people have a hard time grasping that the inside of 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 be used 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 you use a quantifier. Some quantifiers have special rules for subject-verb agreement.

In general, do not use articles before quantifiers.


The all kangaroos cough when frightened.


All kangaroos cough when frightened.

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However, you can use articles before the quantifiers few and little. You can also use demonstrative adjectives before few and little. That is not the case with 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. [Not many such atoms exist.]

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

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

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