In English grammar, a quantifier is a word (or phrase) which indicates the number or amount being referred to. It generally comes before the noun (or noun phrase). The chart below shows which type of noun goes with which quantifier.
However, note that some of the examples in the chart can take on several different roles within a sentence. For example, ‘any’ can be used as a quantifier, a pronoun or an adverb:
- any as a quantifier: Have you got any tomatoes?
- any as a pronoun: I don’t want any of you making a noise.
- any as an adverb: Can’t this car go any faster?
In these notes, we are only considering these words/phrases as quantifiers.
|any||No, but see note.||Yes||Yes|
|lots of / a lot of||–||Yes||Yes|