Hi everyone! I want to start today’s English Lesson with a question. Can you find the problem with this sentence?
- Most of Americans like pizza.
Did you find it? Well, if not, don’t worry. You’re not alone. A lot of people get confused when they try to use words like all, some, most, many, little, & few. Today I am going to teach you how to use these words.
You can use all, some, most, many, little, & few + noun. The noun should be a plural countable noun or an uncountable noun. Of course, we use many and few only with a countable noun and little only with an uncountable noun:
- All whales live in the sea.
- Some people like to play sports.
- Most cars run on gasoline.
- These days many factories are trying to operate cleanly.
- Very few people are skilled enough to win a chess game against a computer.
You can use all of, some of, most of, many of, little of, & few of + [determiner] + noun. The determiner is usually an article (a, an, or the) or a pronoun. You CAN’T USE all of, some of, most of, many of, little of, & few of + noun WITHOUT a determiner. This is where a lot of people make a mistake, so please be careful:
- All of my friends like pizza. Not, All of friends~
- Some of the people in my office like to play sports. Not, Some of people~
- Most of those cars are for sale. Not, Most of cars~
- These days many of the factories in Brooklyn have become apartment buildings.
- Very few of the people in my office can speak three languages.
So please try to remember these two patterns:
- All, some, most, many, little, & few + noun: All basketballs are round.
- All of, some of, most of, many of, little of, & few of + [determiner] + noun: All of the basketballs in this store are on sale.
Now it’s your turn to try. How about trying to write an original sentence using with and one of the patterns I just explained above. Use the comment box below!
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Thanks for studying today!