Definite Numeral Quantities

Definite Numeral Quantities :


Each of these expressions has a distinct meaning of its own.

(a) FEW is a Negative Adjective and signifies NOT MANY.

1. He read few books (he did not read many books).
2. Few women can keep a secret.

(b) A FEW is an Affirmative Adjective and signifies SOME AT LEAST - a certain number & however few.

1. He read a few books. (That is….he read some books at least, though the number was small).

2. He had only a few rupees left.
3. A few days' rest is needed.

(c) THE FEW implies two statements - one Negative and the other Affirmative.

He read the few books he had.

That is...

(1) The books he had were not many. (Negative)
(2) He read all the books he had. (Affirmative)


Here a = one - MANY A MAN means many times one man or many men. It is used with a Noun and Verb in the singular, but has in reality a plural meaning. MANY MEN takes the men collectively. MANY A MAN takes them singly.

1. Many a young man has served his country nobly.

Definite Numeral Quantities are sometimes Collective Nouns and as in the case of MANY, the OF is understood after them.

2. A dozen (of) sheep…
3. A million (of) stars…
4. A hundred (of) years…
5. A thousand (of) years…
6. A hundred-thousand rupees…

But we must say A LAKH OF RUPEES and not A LAKH RUPEES.

With a score and a gross the OF must be expressed, but not with two score.

1. A score of….
2. A gross of…


  1. The Adjective
  2. An Adjective
  3. Attribute Position of Adjective
  4. Predicative Position of Adjective
  5. Kinds of Adjectives
  6. Proper Adjectives
  7. Descriptive Adjectives
  8. Quantitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quantity )
  9. Qualitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quality )
  10. Numeral Adjectives ( Adjectives of Number )
  11. Definite Numeral Adjectives
  12. Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
  13. Demonstrative Adjectives ( Demonstrative Adjective )
  14. Definite Demonstrative Adjectives
  15. Definite Demonstratives
  16. Indefinite Demonstrative Adjectives
  17. Indefinite Demonstratives
  18. Distributive Adjectives
  19. Interrogative Adjectives
  20. Exclamatory Adjectives
  21. Possessive Adjectives
  22. Possessive Determiners
  23. First Person Possessive Adjectives
  24. Second Person Possessive Adjectives
  25. Third Person Possessive Adjectives
  26. Emphasizing Adjectives
  27. Coordinate Adjectives
  28. Paired Adjectives
  29. Cumulative Adjectives
  30. Non-Coordinate Adjectives
  31. Two Uses of Adjectives
  32. Attributive Use of Adjectives
  33. Predicative Use of Adjectives
  34. The Degrees of Comparison
  35. Comparison of Adjectives
  36. Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
  37. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
  38. Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
  39. Formation of Comparative and Superlative
  40. Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
  41. Uses of Numeral Adjectives
  42. Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives
  43. Uses of Distributive Phrases
  44. Uses of Distributive Adjectives
  45. Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
  46. Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
  47. Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  48. Uses of Comparative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  49. Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  50. Use of The Comparative Degree
  51. OTHER after Positives and Comparatives
  52. Preferables in English Grammar
  53. Double Comparatives
  54. Double Superlatives
  55. Comparatives which have lost their force
  56. Latin Comparatives
  57. English Comparatives
  58. Adjectives used as Nouns
  59. Adjectives in Pairs
  60. Adjectives preceded by THE
  61. Position of Adjectives
  62. Adjectives Used Attributively
  63. Adjectives Used Predicatively
  64. The Adjective Clause

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