Quantifiers

Definition: A quantifier is a determiner that quantifies its noun, like English "some" and "many." In French, as in English, quantifiers constitute open word class, unlike most other kinds of determiners. In French, most quantifiers are formed using a noun or adverb of quantity and the preposition de (d' when before a vowel).

Quantifiers formed with a noun of quantity and the preposition de include the following:
des tas de lots of
trois kilogrammes de three kilograms of
une brassée de a mouthful of
une douzaine de a dozen (of)
Quantifiers formed with an adverb of quantity and the preposition de include the following:
beaucoup de a lot of
un peu de a little, a few
peu de little, few
assez de, suffisamment de enough of
pas de no, not any
Other quantifiers include:
bien + the partitive article ("much" or "many")
quelque(s) ("some")
the cardinal numbers (37, 5.9, and so on)



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