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Quantifiers: all / every, etc.

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Transcript of Quantifiers: all / every, etc.

Quantifiers: all / every, etc.
All
All or all (of) the + a plural or uncountable noun.
All = in general, all (of) the = specific.
All can be used before a main verb (and after be).
all, all the, all of the
everybody, everything
All animals need food.
All fruit contains sugar.
All (of) the animals in the zoo look sad.
The animals at the zoo all looked sad.
All can't be used without a noun. Use everything / everybody, + singular verbs
Most, most of
Everybody, everything
Use most to say the majority.
Most = general; Most of = specific
Everybody is here.
Everything is very expensive.
Most , most of
Most people live in cities.
Most of the people in the class are women.
All / most of + an object pronoun
We often use all / most of + an object pronoun, e.g. all of us, most of them, all of you, most of it.
All / most of + an object pronoun
All of us work hard and most of us come to class every week.
Every + singular countable
Use every + singular countable noun to mean 'all of a group'.
Every + singular countable
Caution
Every room has a bathroom.
I work every Saturday
Every and all + time expression;
Everyday = Monday to Sunday.
All day = from morning to night.
No, any
Use no + a noun and a + verb, or any + noun + - verb to refer to zero quantity. Any can also be used without a noun.
No, any
Is there any milk? Sorry, there is no milk.
There isn't any (milk)
None
Use none in short answers, or with a + verb to refer to zero quantity.
You can also use none + of + pronoun / noun.
None
Is there any food? No, none. / No, there is none.
Any, anyone, anything, etc.
Use any (and anything, anyone, etc.) and a + verb to mean it doesn't matter when, who, etc.
Any, anyone, anything, etc.
Come any weekend!
Anyone can come.
Both, neither, either
Use both, either, and neither to talk about two people, things, actions, etc.
Both = A nd B;
Either = A or B;
Neither = not A and not B.

Both, neither, either
Use a + verb. The verb is plural with both, and either singular or plural with neither.
Both, neither, either
Both Perrie and Marie Curie were scientists. Neither Pierre nor Marie was / were aware of the dangers of radiation. Marie wanted to study either physics or mathematics. In the end she studied both.
Both, neither, either
When both refers to the subject of a clause it can also be used before a main verb.
She and her husband both won nobel prizes.
Both, neither, either
We often use both / either / niether + of + object pronoun, e.g. us, them, etc. or + of the + noun.
Neither of them realized how dangerous radium was.
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