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# 1.4: What is a QUANTIFIER?

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Quantify, quantitative, quantity...these all have to do with numbers and counting.  So does the term quantifier.  Within noun groups, quantifiers tell us how many there are of the head noun.

There are different types of quantifiers.

##### Exact $$\PageIndex{1}$$

These modifiers tell us exactly how many or much of something we have

###### Examples

Look at those three trees.  You need to add a cup of water.   40 tons of sand landed on the dock.

##### Inexact $$\PageIndex{1}$$

These modifiers tell us a general amount there is/are of the head noun.

###### Examples

Look at those many trees.  You need to add a lot of water.  Several tons of sand landed on the dock.

Generally speaking, if a noun group has both a pointer and a quantifier, the quantifier will come after the pointer.

✅ The eight ducks swam in the pond.

❌ Eight the ducks swam in the pond.

##### Exercise $$\PageIndex{1}$$

Below is another sort.  In each sentence, there is a noun group that has either an exact quantifier or an inexact quantifier.  Can you figure out which category each sentence belongs in?  Can you spot the quantifier?

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