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    Hi,

    Kindly advise & explain which determiner is appropriate for the following question:

    _________of his words fell on deaf ears - the people were too stubborn to change their hearts.

    a)Much b)Little c) Few d) Any

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Determiner

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi5 View Post
    Hi,

    Kindly advise & explain which determiner is appropriate for the following question:

    _________of his words fell on deaf ears - the people were too stubborn to change their hearts.

    a)Much b)Little c) Few d) Any

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.
    It could depend on context but I would say that none of the options are suitable.

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    Re: Determiner

    The probable answer is 'most'. It might be 'all', but as mentioned it will depend on the context.

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    Re: Determiner

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi5 View Post
    Hi,

    Kindly advise & explain which determiner is appropriate for the following question:

    _________of his words fell on deaf ears - the people were too stubborn to change their hearts.

    a)Much b)Little c) Few d) Any

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.
    Hi

    I would choose few if there is no other option.

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    Re: Determiner

    As far as I can see, "few" is the only grammatical option here. Whether it makes sense - well maybe.

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    Re: Determiner

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    I would choose few if there is no other option.
    This one does not make sense. The opposite is the case.
    The people were too stubborn to change and so what he said was ignored - fell on deaf ears.

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    Re: Determiner

    I think that "Much" is the suitable answer.

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    #8

    Re: Determiner

    The problem with "Much" is that words are countable. Much of what he said, but many of his words.

    There are no good choices here - you need a word that means most or all of his words, but there are none that are grammatical. The ones that are grammatical are not logical semantically.

    Lousy question.

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    Re: Determiner

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi5 View Post
    Hi,

    Kindly advise & explain which determiner is appropriate for the following question:

    _________of his words fell on deaf ears - the people were too stubborn to change their hearts.

    a)Much b)Little c) Few d) Any

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks.
    As others have noted, none of these is particularly suitable, but the least objectionable would, I suppose, be 'any'.

    A more natural phraseology, however, would be something like 'Any words that he spoke...'. Without some kind of postmodifier, 'any' sounds rather strange.

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