There are quantifiers that can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. They include all, any, enough, most, no, and some.
- 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.
Both a lot of and lots of can be used before uncountable nouns or plural countable nouns.
- 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.
- 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.
- Countable: All of the complaints were against the Manager.
- Uncountable: All 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..
- Countable: Most of the teaching staff were university graduates.
- Uncountable: Most 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.
- Countable: Some 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.
Other means additional or alternative type.
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.