There are quantifiers that can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. They include all, anyenough most, no, and some.

Examples:

  • Countable: All volunteers will undergo some training.
  • Uncountable: I have been trying all morning to fix my old computer..
  • Countable: There wasn't any policeman around when I was robbed.
  • Uncountable: There was hardly any food left when we arrived..
  • Countable: There were not enough cups at the party, so I drank from the bottle.
  • Uncountable: I just had enough money to buy her an ice-cream..
  • Countable: She received the most Christmas cards in the family.
  • Uncountable: She earned the most money in the family.
  • Countable: He sent the letter hurriedly with no stamp on the envelope.
  • Uncountable: The job is not for me as I have no experience in managing a turkey farm.
  • Countable: There were some noisy passengers in the bus.
  • Uncountable: She gave me some advice about looking after my grandmother.

 

A lot of and lots of
A lot of and lots of mean the same. They both mean a large quantity of.

 

Examples:

  • He has a lot of hair on his chest.
  • He has lots of hair on his chest.

 

Both a lot of and lots of can be used before uncountable nouns or plural countable nouns.

Examples:

  • A lot of/Lots of sand has got into my shoes. (Uncountable noun)
  • There was a lot of/lots of rubbish everywhere. (Uncountable noun)
  • I can eat a lot of/lots of grapes when I want to. (Countable noun)
  • There were a lot of/lots of people on the beach. (Countable noun).

 

When we use a lot of/lots of with a plural subject, we use a plural verb or a singular verb if the subject is singular. 

Examples:

  • A lot of/Lots of replies were received in response to her advertisement.
  • A lot of/Lots of false information was given by him to the tax authorities.

 

The following quantifiers (quantity words + of) are used with specific countable and uncountable nouns.

Examples:

  • CountableAll of the complaints were against the Manager.
  • UncountableAll of the household waste was disposed of in strong garbage bags.
  • Countable: We have enough of your meat pies.
  • Uncountable: I have had enough of your nonsense..
  • CountableMost of the teaching staff were university graduates.
  • UncountableMost of the confidential information was leaked to the press.
  • Countable: We bought plenty of beans to last the weekends.
  • Uncountable: We had plenty of time to prepare before we set off.
  • CountableSome of the ghost stories in the book are believed to be true.
  • Uncountable: This bakery makes some of the best bread in the city.

 

Another and other
Another means one more person or one more thing. It is a determiner that is used before a singular countable noun. 

 

Examples:

  • The tribal chief has five wives already, and now he wants another one.
  • We need another box to keep all these old magazines.

 

Other means additional or alternative type

Examples:

Other is used with singular uncountable nouns or plural nouns.
  • They found other evidence that would prove him guilty.
  • There are other ways of eliminating rats besides drowning them.

When other is followed by a singular countable noun, a determiner is used before it.

  • I'm looking for my other shoe.
  • The police also arrested the other person who was with him. 

Other in plural form (others) is not a determiner.

  • No: This book is about World War Two, and the others one is about World War Three.
  • Yes: This book is about World War Two, and the other one is about World War Three.