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Grammar

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Each, every – used with singular nouns

There a garden outside every house in our street.

I have breakfast at home every morning.

My dad gets upset every time he watches the news on TV.

My sister has got 3 cats and each one of them is of a different breed.

Each one of my friends has got a tablet computer except me.

At my first teaching job, I taught a class of 6 students and each one was from a different country.

I've read some books by Terry Pratchett and I enjoyed each and every one of them.


A couple of (always two) – used with plural nouns

Jane and Mike make a very nice couple.

I've got a couple of good friends I can rely on and I don't need any more.


A bunch of (4-5 units) – used with plural nouns

She received a bunch of flowers for her birthday from her boss.

There was a bunch of hooligans at a local football match.


Few, a few – used with plural nouns

Few people turned up for a show. (less than expected)

Few painters are as famous as Picasso. (not many)

A few people arrived early for a shareholders' meeting. (a modest number)

There were a few teething problems with a project. (some but not many)

He's read just a few books in his life so far. (just a few = very small number)

She's got only a few good friends. (only a few = very small number)


Many, several, number of – used with plural nouns

They haven't got many children.

I've driven a number of cars in my life.

We've seen that film several times.


Much, a large amount of, a great deal of – used with uncountable nouns

I haven't got much money.

We haven't got much free time while studying at university.

He can drink a large amount of beer without getting sick.

You can find a great deal of information on the internet but you can't trust much of it.


Little, a little – used with uncountable nouns

I can't go on holiday this year because I've got little money . (not enough)

She's got little time to waste, she's very busy. (not much)

He'd like to buy a new laptop computer once he's saved a little money. (decent amount)

We've got a little time to spare so let's go for a coffee.


A lot of, lots of – used with both uncountable and plural nouns

A lot of children spend too much time playing computer games in their bedrooms.

It will cost a lot of money to the taxpayers in the future.

You should eat lots of fruit every week.


Plenty (a right amount or more) – used with both uncountable and plural nouns

There's plenty of food on the table, just help yourselves.

We've got plenty of pets at home and we don't want any more.

They've got plenty of money so they don't need to worry about anything.


Enough (just the right amount) – used with both uncountable and plural nouns

I've got enough money to buy a new mobile.

We've got enough time to get a coffee before the train leaves.

There were enough people at the party to play Monopoly.

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