Countable nouns are things we can count, such as coins, books and keys. We use many with countable nouns.
- How many coins do you have?
- I have 6 coins in my pocket.
Uncountable nouns are things we can’t count individually like money, time and light. We use much with uncountable nouns.
- How much money do you have?
- I don’t have much money.
We can use some and any with BOTH countable and uncountable nouns. We use some in positive sentences and any in negative sentences.
- I have some coins in my pocket.
I don’t have any coins.
- I have some money in my bag.
I don’t have any money in my bag.
We use a few with countable nouns and a little with uncountable nouns if we want to say we don’t have much of something. We can use a lot of with BOTH countable and uncountable nouns.
- There are a few supermarkets near my house.
There are a lot of shops near my house.
- We only have a little milk, we need to buy some more.
We have a lot of time to do our homework.
Choose the correct answer, more than one may be possible.
few | a little | some | any | many | much | a lot of
- There aren’t much/many/any cafes in the village where I live.
- I don’t go to the cinema a lot. There aren’t a lot of/much/many films I like.
- Hurry up! We only have a few/a little/any time before the class starts.
- There are a little/a few/a lot of good programmes on TV tonight.
- Quick! We don’t have much/many/some time, the train leaves in a minute.
- Would you like some wine? There is a little/a few/some in the fridge.
- There is some/a little/a few money in my wallet.
There aren’t any/many/a few people.