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Comparing Quantity

There are a couple of different ways to make comparisons of quantity. With non-count nouns like coffee, bread, or love, we use more than and less than. For example: "My mother loves me more than she loves my sister," or, "There is less ice cream in my bowl than in Sarah’s bowl."

For countable nouns like apples, people, or books, we use more than and fewer than to make comparisons of quantity. For example: "I have more books than my brother," or, "Jake has fewer friends than Paul."

To show that two things have the same quantity, we use as much as, as many as, or as little as for non-count nouns. For example: "Jason is taking as many classes this year as he did last year," or "I use as little milk in my coffee as you do."

For countable nouns, we use as many as and as few as. As in, "I can eat as many cookies as you can," or, "There are as few people at this movie as there were at the last movie we saw."

Comparing Quantity Grammar Quiz

  1. There is milk as orange juice in the fridge.

  2. The last movie I saw had special effects than Batman.

  3. I read books than my sister.

  4. people have been laid-off lately.

  5. I eat pizza as as I eat hamburgers.

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12:55 PM Feb 28 2010 |



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Really it is a valuable information. Thanks a lot. Have a nice day. Wink

12:55 PM Feb 09 2010 |



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03:29 PM Feb 06 2010 |

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12:54 AM Jan 15 2010 |




thanks it helps me a lot

07:46 AM Nov 14 2009 |


Cote D'Ivoire

 great lesson, but it's complicated

10:26 PM Oct 28 2009 |


jos361Super Member!

United States

Okay MmLLoO,

Here it goes. More often than not, nouns in English are going to be count nouns. There are simply way more of them. That said, there are 5 types of non count nouns.

1. If a noun has no distict seperate parts and we only look at the whole, it's probably a non count noun. This includes many types of food and drinks as well as substances.

Examples: milk, wine, oil, bread, yogurt, electrcity, meat, butter, water, pork, soup, air, oxygen, iron, hydrogen, coffee, water, blood, thunder, lightning, cholesterol, paper, poultry

2. Nouns that have parts that are too small or insignificant to count.

Examples: rice, hair, sand, sugar, popcorn, corn, salt, snow, grass

3. Nouns that are classes or categories of things.

Examples: money, cash, currency (nickles, dimes, dollars, euros) 

  food (vegetables, meat, spaghetti)

furniture (chairs, tables, beds)

makeup (lipstick, mascara, eye shadow)

4. Nouns that are abstractions are non count nouns.

Examples: love, life, happiness, nutrition, education, patience, poverty, luck, truth, time, beauty, crime, advice, unemployment, pollution, art

5. Nouns that are subjects of study

Examples: history, grammar, biology, chemistry, geometry

Some nouns can be both non count and count depending on the context, like a lot of food and drinks.

Order "two coffees" in a coffeeshop and it's correct because it's understood you mean "two cups of coffee."

Same with fruit. "I eat a lot of fruit everyday." (category of food = non count)

"Oranges and grapefruits are fruits that contain Vitamin C." (type of fruit = count)

There are exceptions of course, but Englsh speakers will have no trouble understanding what you mean if you make a mistake with non count and count nouns. Plus, it's cute and endearing to hear non-native speakers say "I'd like three meats."

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09:59 PM Oct 28 2009 |





It is a great lesson!

Thank you so much for your helpsSmile

11:59 AM Oct 27 2009 |




I can't discern non-count nouns and countable nouns.

Can someone give an idea?

07:49 PM Oct 22 2009 |