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Enough and Not Too Much - Quantity Words and Terms

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We often need to discuss quantities and the words and terms associated with them ('how much' of something), so at this stage in your English learning you need to know 'Enough, but not too much' about this important aspect of everyday conversation. Try this quiz and see if you are on the right track with quantities.

  1. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    It will be ... ... trouble to change the time of the meeting.
    Look again at the title of this Quiz! We say 'too much ...' in front of un-countable nouns ('too much unhappiness'), and 'too many ...' in front of things we can count ('Too many visitors').
  2. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    Make sure you add ... ... water to the mixture.
    'Water' is un-countable ... and you only need 'enough', not 'plenty' (which might turn out to be too much, for whatever purpose these instructions apply).
  3. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    While she was away on holiday, she managed to read ... .... electronic books.
    'Books' are clearly countable; in the context, 'too many' doesn't make very good sense.
  4. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    I've listened to that awful music for most of the weekend, and, frankly, I've had ...
    This is the standard expression - in fact, another example of English understatement, since we really mean 'more than enough' or 'too much'. Certainly there is a sense of having moved beyond an imaginary line that would mark out what is acceptable, from what isn't.
  5. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    Would you like ... ... help with this topic?
    'Help' is an un-countable noun. We might ask if someone wants 'any help', but somehow that sounds as though they need very little. 'Some' sounds more generous!
  6. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    We seem to have had rather ... ... wasps again this summer.
    Of course, wasps are countable (if you are very patient), so 'much' is not a good answer here. The correct answer is a very standard English phrase, and again, perhaps an example of English understatement ('rather a lot of people' could mean that a city square was packed with party-goers or protesters; or that there wasn't enough space to get into a bus or train, let alone sit down.)
  7. What are the first few words of this famous English song?
    ... kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English country garden?
    Unlike many languages, English doesn't have just one single word to ask such an everyday question. Compare that other song, 'How much is that doggie in the window?'.
  8. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    I'm afraid I completely forgot to buy ... ... rice.
    'Any' is the right answer, once the sentence has shown that this is a negative situation. ('There's never any problem when I do the shopping!')
  9. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    Sorry I'm late; I had ... ... problems on my journey here.
    This may well be English understatement again: 'a few' meaning, in fact, 'rather a lot of problems, but I don't intend to bore you by explaining what they all were'.
    If we say 'I had few problems', it means 'really not many, not at all serious' ... in which case, we probably wouldn't have arrived significantly late in the first place!
  10. Which of the answers is best to fill the blank?
    Too ... ... cars, too ... ... pollution!
    We can count the cars, but we can't count the pollution ( ... well, not without special scientific recording instruments!).

Author: Ian Miles

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