Uses of Quantitative Adjectives

Uses of Quantitative Adjectives :


There is much difference in the way in which the two Adjectives are used.

(a) SOME is used in Affirmative sentences.

1. He has bought some bread. (RIGHT)
2. He has bought any bread. (WRONG)

(b) ANY is used in Negative sentences.

1. He has not bought any bread. (RIGHT)
2. He has not bought some bread. (WRONG)

(c) ANY and SOME can both be used in interrogative sentences.

1. Has he bought any bread? (RIGHT)
2. Has he bought some bread? (RIGHT)

But in such sentences ANY is more commonly used than SOME and is to be preferred to it.


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

(a) LITTLE is a Negative Adjective and means NOT MUCH.

1. He had little money = (not much money).
2. There is little hope of her recovery.

(b) A LITTLE is an Affirmative Adjective and means SOME AT LEAST - a certain quantity & however little.

1. He had a little money = (some money at least, although the amount was small).

2. A little learning is a dangerous thing.
3. Hurry up! We have only a little time left.

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

He spent the little money he had.

That is…

1. The money he had was not much. (Negative)
2. He spent all the money that he had. (Affirmative)


  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 Numeral Adjectives
  41. Definite Numeral Quantities
  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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