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 first-aid training.
- Uncountable: He has been trying all morning to call the government office.
- Countable: There wasn't any policeman around when the fighting broke out.
- Uncountable: She left her husband without any warning..
- 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 spent the most time chatting with friends. .
- Countable: Hurriedly, he sent the letter 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.
- 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.
- 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 doing nothing 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.
Quantity words + of
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 dumped in a small bin, causing overflow.
- Countable: We have enough of your meat pies.
- Uncountable: I have had enough of your nonsense.
- Countable: Most of the teaching staff were female. .
- Uncountable: They are looking for the one who leaked most of the confidential information 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: You honestly think 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.
- The tribal chief has five wives already, and now he wants another one.
- We need another pair of hands to help carry this heavy thing.
Other means additional or alternative type.
Other is used with singular uncountable nouns or plural nouns.
- They have found other evidence that would prove him guilty.
- There must be other ways of eliminating rats besides poisoning 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 detained the other person who was sleeping with him.
Other in plural form (others) is not a determiner.
- No: Half of this book is about World War Two, and the others half is about World War Three.
- Yes: Half of this book is about World War Two, and the other half is about World War Three.