Quantitative Adjectives show the quantity or degree of a thing. They show how much of a thing is meant. These adjectives deal with non-numeric measurement of the nouns which those adjectives modify. The measurements need not be in exact numbers. These adjectives answer the questions, how much or how many? These adjectives are mostly concrete. The chief Adjectives of this class are….
1. He did not eat much (a large quantity of) bread.
2. He ate little (a small quantity of) bread.
3. He ate no bread. I had none.
4. He ate none.
5. He ate some (a certain quantity of) bread.
6. He did not eat any (any quantity of) bread.
7. He ate enough bread.
8. He ate sufficient bread.
9. He ate all the (the whole quantity of) bread.
10. A half holiday is better than none.
11. He took half of the biscuit.
12. They consume only few biscuits.
13. The students eat most of the potato-chips.
NO is used when the Noun that it qualifies is expressed.
NONE is used when the Noun is understood.
Adjectives of Quantity are always followed by a Singular Noun and this Noun must always be either a Noun of Material or an Abstract Noun such as…
Much bread (Noun of Material)
Much pain (a high degree of pain, Abstract Noun)
These adjectives do not judge subjects or their actions.
Few more example-sentences with this type of adjective :
1. They ate half of the apple-juice.
2. He ate some roasted chicken.
3. She has many apples in his school-bag.
4. They drank the whole juice.
5. The little students have no emotional ability.
6. There are enough meals for the lunch.
7. Little knowledge is always troublesome.
8. Please, take sufficient money to go on a tour.
9. Few people have gone out of the city.
10. The whole country stands against this policy.
11. The politicians should have enough knowledge about their constitution.
12. Few business men are down to earth.
13. Many people are selfish.
14. None of the students has completed the home-work.
15. They have donated only few thousands.
This type of adjective is different from qualitative adjective which speaks about the quality of the nouns which qualitative adjective modifies.
She is a brilliant student.
(The adjective BRILIANT is a qualitative adjective.)
She has enough pencils in his box.
(The adjective ENOUGH is an adjective of quantity.)