ESL Quantifiers: Games & Activities

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  • 0:03 English Quantifiers
  • 1:02 Common Quantifiers
  • 2:00 Activity 1: Flash Cards
  • 3:03 Activity 2: Quantity…
  • 3:44 Activity 3: Spot the Error
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Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Although quantifiers may seem like a small part of the English language, they can have a massive impact on the meaning of words. This lesson provides ESL teachers with quantifier games and activities for classroom use.

English Quantifiers

Quantifiers - words that show quantity - are such an essential part of the English language that most native speakers use them without a second thought. However, for English as a Second Language (ESL) students, quantifiers can sometimes pose a significant problem. This is partly due to the variety of quantifiers and the peculiarities of English.

One's choice of quantifier depends on whether the noun that follows is countable or uncountable. If your students are unfamiliar with countable and uncountable nouns, you can provide them with this simple review:

  • Countable nouns are basically things we can count, such as:
    • Two dogs
    • A few people
    • Several applications
  • Uncountable nouns are things we cannot count because they are ideas or concepts or because they cannot be separated into parts. For example:
    • Music
    • Art
    • Juice (While juice is uncountable, the number of bottles of juice on the table is countable.)

Common Quantifiers

Let's look at some of the most common quantifiers for countable and uncountable nouns. Keep in mind that there are also some quantifiers that work with both.

Quantifiers for uncountable nouns:

  • A little
  • Much
  • A bit
  • A large amount of
  • A great deal of

Quantifiers for countable nouns:

  • Many
  • A few
  • A number of
  • Several
  • A large number of
  • A majority of

Quantifiers for both countable and uncountable nouns:

  • All
  • Enough
  • More/most
  • No/none
  • Less/least
  • Not any/not many
  • Some
  • A lot of
  • Plenty of

Informal Quantifiers

There are also a few informal quantifiers that are often used in English speech, but these should not be used in formal academic writing:

  • Tons of
  • Loads of

Activity 1: Flash Cards

First, let's look at a flash card activity to create flash cards of countable and uncountable nouns. You can use the following words the first time you play:

  • For countable nouns, you can use: chairs, desks, bottles of water, cups, dogs
  • For uncountable nouns, you can use: water, rain, ketchup, music, sugar

To play the game:

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