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    ntn Guest

    Smile Few , little , too much, too many , alot of, a great deal of ..v..v

    Hi , help me please. Can you tell me when and how to use "too much , too many , few , little , alot , a lot of , a great deal of , a number of ...v.." ?

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    Exclamation Re: Few , little , too much, too many , alot of, a great deal of ..v..v

    Too much: More than necessary, He eats too much.
    Too many: A larger number (of something) than is needed. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
    few : a small but indefinite number, A few women have led in the battle.
    little : small in quantity or degree; We have very little rain fall in May.
    A lot : To a very great degree or extent, I feel a lot better now.
    a lot of: Very large quantity/number: There are a lot of fruits in that basket.
    a great deal of: a large amount of something, He offered me a great deal of money.

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    Re: Few , little , too much, too many , alot of, a great deal of ..v..v

    Hi ntn,

    What you are asking about are known as quantifiers. Here is an extract from my ebook, available free at my website (link below):

    Quantifiers are words that precede and modify nouns to tell us how many or how much of a particular thing (the noun) is being talked about. To select and use the correct quantifier, you must first understand the distinction between count and non-count nouns.

    To explain this, let’s use the count noun, ‘buttons’ and the non-count noun, ‘music’. The following quantifiers will work with countnouns:

    Many buttons
    A few buttons
    Few buttons
    Several buttons
    A couple of buttons
    None of the buttons

    The following quantifiers will work with non-countnouns:

    Not much music
    A little music
    Little music
    A bit of music
    A good deal of music
    A great deal of music
    No music

    The following quantifiers will work with count and non-countnouns:

    All of the buttons/music
    Some buttons/music
    Most of the buttons/music
    Enough buttons/music

    A lot of buttons/music
    Lots of buttons/music
    Plenty of buttons/music
    A lack of buttons/music

    Hope this helps.

    Best wishes,

    Paul Parry
    www.EnglishLanguageExpert.com
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