Let's begin our discussion of quantifiers by defining what quantifiers are.
Quantifiers are a type of noun marker that expresses quantity,meaning they answer the questions how much or how many.
Numbers express exact quantities, right?
However, quantifiers express inexact quantities.
Inexact meaning not exact.
Let's take a look at an example.
When I visited my aunt's farm, I saw one cow, two goats, several horses, and many chickens.
The words one and two gives us exact quantities.
However, the words several and many give us some idea of the quantities, but they're inexact.
These are examples of what we call quantifiers.
Now you may be wondering, where do quantifiers go in a sentence?
Quantifiers go before nouns, before the nouns that they mark.
Here's an example sentence.
My aunt also had some pigs.
Some is the quantifier, pigs is the noun.
Here's another example.
In the house, she also kept a couple of dogs.
Let's keep going.
She has a great deal of land for all of the animals.
Usually, my aunt doesn't have much time to relax.
Maintaining a farm definitely requires a lot of work.
Okay, now we've seen different examples.
I want you to know though that there are different types of quantifiers, and we can categorize them as those that are used with only count nouns,the examples were several, many, and a couple of, and those that can be used with only non-count nouns.
The examples we saw were a great deal of and much.
And the last type of quantifier can be used with both, count nouns and non-count nouns.
And the examples we saw were some, all of, and a lot of.
In the next video we're going to talk more about this last type, so make sure to watch part two.
I'll see you soon in the next video.