Grammar-QuizzesNoun PhrasesDeterminersQuantifiers


Summary of Practices



Agreement Diagnostic Quiz: identify specific points that need review

Actress putting handprints in cement

Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate

Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced

Quantifiers (Increasing or Decreasing Amount)

Quantity Phrases: indicate how much or how many

Intermediate ESL / Native Speakers

kid at desk with hand raised 

Each of the techs knows the solution.

Both of the techs know the solution.

Most of the techs know the solution.

Most of the techs knows the solution.

A number of techs know the solution.

The number of techs is ten.

Agreement—Nouns with Modifiers: recognize the true subject in agreement with the verb

Intermediate ESL, Native Speakers

monkey emerging from bananas

At least three quarters of the monkeys – in the zoo – suffer from nutritional deficiencies.

The monkey  – under the bananas – is hiding.

The monkeys  – under the bananas – are hiding.

The chimpanzee is one of the monkeys that is/are closely related to humans.

Some / Any: specify sufficient quantity for count and noncount nouns

Beginning – Intermediate ESL


I'd like some tea.

I didn't get any tea.

Would you like some / any tea?

I doubt that there are any oranges here.

Not one of the shops has any tea.

I don't think that any oranges are left.

—What kind of tea is it? 

—I don't know… some tea he bought last week.

Much/ Many: specify large quantity for count and noncount nouns

Beginning – Intermediate ESL


Not many good snacks are in the refrigerator.

Not much junk food is in the refrigerator.

Are there many good snacks in the refrigerator?

Is there much junk food in the refrigerator?

There are many good snacks in the refrigerator. (ok)

~There is much food in the refrigerator. (awkward)

Much food can be grown in the fertile valleys of California. (reference books, scientific writing)

Little/ Few: specify insufficient or minor quantity for count and noncount nouns

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Glass half empty 

I have little water in my glass.

I have a little water in my glass.

I have few friends.

I have a few friends.

Much / More: a large quantity vs an additional amount

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

healthy food 

People have much more knowledge about eating right.

Many more people are eating healthier diets.

People eat too much fat, sugar and salt.

People eat too many chips, cookies and candy bars.

He is much too old for her. 

She is far too young for him.

Fewer vs. Less : specify a barely sufficient or smaller quantity

Beginning–Intermediate ESL


*Do you want less lines and wrinkles on your face?

fewer lines than before / less wrinkling than before

We use fewer toxic chemicals. (number)

We use less toxic chemicals. (percentage, composition)

Less is more  (noun)

Most vs. Most of the: specify a majority in a group

Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speakers


Most students ask questions.

Most of the students in my English class ask questions.

A number of the students ask questions.

The number of the students who ask questions is low.  

Food Quantifiers: specify amounts or units

Beginning ESL – Intermed.

a sack of rice 

We bought a sack, a bag, a box of rice.

I'd like a glass, a bottle, a gallon, a liter of milk.

We bought a stalk of celery, a spear of asparagus, a head of lettuce, a wheel of cheese, an ear of corn, a cube of ice, a bar of chocolate.

 a pork chop, a beef steak, a roast lamb, a leg of lamb, a ham   

Beef comes from a steer. Veal comes from a calf.

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A Determiner: recognize a variety of noun markers

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

phone friends

A friend called. / *Friend called.  Friends called.

This / that friend called.

These / those / some / three friends called. 

A hair is on your sweater.

Hair makes a guy look young.  

Last week, this week and next week will be cold.

Another / The other: specify one more or the rest

Beginning– Intermediate ESL

milk and cookies

She ate one.  (a cookie)

Then she ate another (one more)

Then she ate the others (the rest)

She wanted other cookies not these.

Each other / One another: express a reciprocal relationship

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

self dressed

Sophie and Jim get angry at each other. 

Sophie and Jim get angry at one another.

They think each other is selfish. (sub-clausal)

*Each other is selfish.

We pass gossip to one another.

They don't care about each others' feelings.

Common Mistakes: avoid  the top 20 agreement errors

Advanced ESL, Native Speakers

Jean Muffins 

Fashions come and go.

* Everyone have problems balancing comfort with fashion.

Agreement in Context: Identify subject-predicate agreement

Intermediate–Advanced. ESL

 pumping gas

Thirty million barrels of oil is "a drop in the bucket" compared to U.S. demand.