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Adjectives 4 - Adjectives of Quantity
The batsman scored eight centuries in the cricket match.

Adjectives 4 - Adjectives of Quantity

We know that adjectives are used to describe nouns or pronouns. In this quiz we learn about one particular type; Adjectives of Quantity.

Words such as 'most, any, many' and 'few,' along with numbers, are adjectives of quantity. They tell us the amount, or the approximate amount, of the noun they describe. Adjectives of quantity are extremely useful when describing things. They give a sense of proportion to the whole communication.

Just imagine if someone were to tell you that Sachin Tendulkar has scored many centuries in test cricket and one-day cricket. This sentence tells you that the batsman has scored a lot of centuries and here the word ‘many’ is an adjective of quantity and also an indefinite adjective.

If now you are told that the batsman has scored fifty one centuries in test cricket and forty nine centuries in one-day cricket, then the sentence carries a more definite meaning and also carries more information. The adjective ‘many’ in the first sentence has been replaced by the numbers fifty-one and forty-nine in the second sentence. These adjectives of quantity are able to provide more information and also more precise information.

There are several words that can be used as adjectives of quantity. In fact, the sentence you just read has one – ‘several!’

Words such as ‘some’, ‘little’, ‘whole’, ‘all’, ‘entire’, ’enough’ and ‘half’ are all adjectives of quantity. Words that use numbers are called adjectives of number and come within the adjectives of quantity category. Test your knowledge by finding out the adjectives of quantity in the quiz that follows.

1.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "Most pets need training as otherwise they will become unruly."
Unruly
Training
Most
Become
'Most' means almost all the pets and signifies an amount and hence is an adjective of quantity. 'Training' and 'Unruly' are also adjectives but not of quantity. 'Become' is a verb
2.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "The batsman scored eight centuries in the cricket match."
Batsman
Eight
Cricket
Scored
'Eight' signifies the number of centuries scored by the batsman and hence it is the adjective of quantity. 'Batsman' and 'Cricket' are nouns. 'Scored' is a verb
3.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "I was surprised to find he had six fingers on his left hand."
Six
His
Find
Had
'Six' indicates number and hence it is the adjective of quantity. 'Find' and 'Had' are verbs, and 'His' is a pronoun
4.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "I was surprised she ate the whole apple."
Ate
The
She
Whole
'Whole' is the adjective of quantity. 'Ate' is a verb, 'She' is a pronoun and 'The' is the definite article
5.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "He irritated his father as he had spent all his money."
All
Spent
Money
He
'All' is the adjective of quantity. 'He' is a pronoun, 'Spent' is a verb and 'Money' is a noun
6.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "The trip will cost me no money as my father is paying for it."
My
Cost
Will
No
'No' is the adjective of quantity indicating that nothing needs to be paid. 'Will' and 'Cost' are verbs, 'My' is a possessive adjective
7.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "Following the argument they decided there was little point to the discussion."
Argument
Little
They
There
'Little' is an adjective of quantity and here it is used in the negative sense to convey the meaning none or not at all. 'There' is a definitive adjective, 'They' is a pronoun and 'Argument' is a noun
8.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "Nine children passed the exam that was held here."
Exam
Held
Here
Nine
'Nine' is a number and therefore the adjective of quantity. 'Exam' is a noun, 'Held' is a verb and 'Here' is an adverb
9.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "I woke up late, so I did not have much time to get ready for school."
Much
Late
School
Ready
'Much' is the adjective of quantity as it refers to time in the context of the sentence. 'Ready' and 'Late' are also adjectives but not of quantity. 'School' is a noun
10.
Find the adjective of quantity in this sentence - "How many people came to listen to my speech?"
How
Many
Listen
Speech
'Many' is the adjective of quantity. The other options are not adjectives
Author:  V T Narendra

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