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Grammar 04 - Determiners - Countable and Uncountable Nouns 2
"All the books are new." 'All' is a determiner for 'books', a countable noun.

Grammar 04 - Determiners - Countable and Uncountable Nouns 2

In the previous High English quiz we learnt about determiners used with countable and uncountable (or quantifying) nouns. In this quiz we look at choosing the correct determiners to use with those quantifying nouns.

ALL, EVERY, EACH, TWO (or any other number), FEW, MANY and MOST are some of the common determiners we are all familiar with that are used for countable nouns. Similarly, ENOUGH, LITTLE, MORE, SOME and MUCH are used for uncountable nouns. Generally such determiners, also known as quantifiers, can be classified into three categories, like so:

The first category, comprising A, ALL, AN, ANOTHER, EVERY, BOTH, EACH, EITHER, FEW, MANY, SEVERAL, MOST, NEITHER, NO and ANY, can be used with countable nouns only. In this category we can add all the numbers. For instance, we can say ‘FOUR STUDENTS were selected for the school cricket team’ but we cannot say ‘My father gave me FOUR MONIES’. Here ‘student’ is a countable noun whereas ‘money’ is an uncountable noun.

The second category, comprising ENOUGH, LITTLE, MORE, SOME and MUCH, can be used with uncountable nouns only. For instance, in the example above we could say ‘My father gave me SOME MONEY’ or ‘He lost MUCH BLOOD when he hurt himself falling down from the cycle’. Here both ‘money' and 'blood’ are uncountable nouns.

The third category, comprising ALL, SOME, MOST, MORE, ENOUGH, NO and ANY, can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. For instance, we can say ‘SOME TABLES were broken in the hailstorm’ and ‘Pass me SOME WATER please’ and here SOME is a determiner which can be used by both countable (table) and uncountable (water) nouns.

It takes some practise to use the correct determiners and the trick is to learn about the context of the sentence and identify the nouns and the appropriate determiners to use.

To sum up, determiners are used to express a close relationship, or a quantity, closeness or definiteness. Determiners are also used to demonstrate something or define someone, besides stating differences between nouns. It may be noted that determiners should not be confused with adjectives as there are several differences. For instance, determiners are almost always required in a sentence whereas adjectives are not. Determiners are not gradable whereas adjectives are.

Take the quiz that follows and learn about choosing the appropriate determiners to use with quantifying nouns.

1.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
My friend Saurav moved to Atlanta a little years ago.
My friend Saurav moved to Atlanta a few years ago.
My friend Saurav moved to Atlanta enough years ago.
My friend Saurav moved to Atlanta a more years ago.
Year is a countable noun and 'few' is an appropriate determiner. The other options contain determiners which are used with uncountable nouns
2.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
All the books in the library are new.
There is no coal left in the mine.
All the water from the tank has drained out.
All of the above are correct.
'All' and 'no' are determiners that can be used by both countable and uncountable nouns
3.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
Some people I work with play tennis.
Do you have some time to spare?
How much cars are in that garage.
Options 1 and 2 above are correct but option 3 is wrong.
'Some' is a determiner that can be used by both countable (people) and uncountable (time) nouns. 'Car' is a countable noun and 'much' is only used with an uncountable noun
4.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
How much time do we have?
How many time do we have?
How some time do we have?
How another time do we have?
Time is an uncountable noun and hence 'much' is the appropriate determiner
5.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
Do we have any chairs left for the late comers?
My father gives me enough money to spend on my clothes.
Do we have enough chairs in the hall?
All of the above are correct.
'Any' and 'enough' are determiners that can be used by both countable and uncountable nouns
6.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
We got too many snow here last winter.
We got four snow here last winter.
We got several snow here last winter.
All of the above are wrong.
'Snow' is an uncountable noun and the determiners used in the options are usually associated with countable nouns
7.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
As I paid few attention in class I did not do well in the exam.
As I paid several attention in class I did not do well in the exam.
As I paid another attention in class I did not do well in the exam.
As I paid little attention in class I did not do well in the exam.
Attention is an uncountable noun and 'little' is the appropriate determiner. The other options contain determiners which are used with countable nouns
8.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
Most films of Aamir Khan are big hits.
More knowledge is useful to get along in life.
No film of Emran Hashmi is a hit.
All of the above are correct.
'Most', 'More' and 'No' are determiners that can be used by both countable and uncountable nouns
9.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
I need four help with my English lessons.
I need several help with my English lessons.
I need neither help with my English lessons.
I need some help with my English lessons.
Help is an uncountable noun and 'some' is the appropriate determiner. The other options contain determiners which are used with countable nouns
10.
Choose the sentence with the appropriate determiner in it.
There aren't some tickets left for the cricket match
There aren't more tickets left for the cricket match
There aren't many tickets left for the cricket match
There aren't much tickets left for the cricket match
Ticket is a countable noun and 'many' is the appropriate determiner. The other options contain determiners which are used with uncountable nouns
Author:  V T Narendra

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