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Expressions of Quantity

Definition

An expression of quantity is a word or group of words that tells the amount of something. It answers the questions, “How much?” or “How many?”

Example

There are lots of things to do in a big company.

Explanation

Expressions of quantity —

  • modify a noun.
  • describe the amount, or number, of something.
  • are used with count nouns or with non-count nouns.
  • are used to express —
    • a positive idea: “I read all the e-mail messages.” or
    • a negative idea: “I read none of the e-mail messages.”