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    Default most all a few for specific group

    Hi,

    Some grammar books or sites (such as Most / Most of the: a quantity of an uspecific or specific group) say that use ''most of/ a few of / all of/ few of the X'' to refer to a quantity of a specific group. Note the expression includes a phrase defining the number to a specific group and use ''most / a few / all / few'' to refer to a quantity of an unspecific group. We use them when we are speaking in general and do not have a specific group of people or things in mind.

    I would like to ask if this information is correct or not. For example;

    1-
    Most of the students in my English class ask questions.
    2- Most students in my English class ask questions.

    3- All (of) the students in my class want A's.
    4- All students in my class want A's.

    5- A few of the students who have low grades had to stay for a review session.
    6- A few students who have low grades had to stay for a review session.

    Which one must I use with uncountable nouns 'most or most of' ?

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    Most of the milk is for cake.
    8- Most milk is for cake.

    It says that sentences 1, 3, 5, 7 are OK, but I would like to ask the rest of them are really OK or not.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: most all a few for specific group

    #8 would mean that the majority of all the milk in the entire world is used for cake.

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    Default Re: most all a few for specific group

    All of the sentences are fine. But I agree with Dave. #8, while grammatical, is inaccurate and illogical.

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