Today we’ve got lots of quantifiers for you. What are quantifiers and how do you use them in English? Find out in this episode of Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
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Audio feedback from Eugeny from Barcelona. He’s an English teacher and he’s asked us to analyse his message and pronunciation:
“Spanish speakers X
doX (make) these mistakes”
I enjoy very much”X – “I enjoy THEM (the podcasts) very much”
I can doX” (What can I do to improve?) (In an indirect question it’s the correct order: “Please tell me what I can do to improve…”
“Thank you for X
allX (everything) or “Thank you for all that you do” ( We spoke about the difference between ‘all’ and ‘everything’ in Episode 123 )
Pronunciation: Good word stress: I find them very USEFUL / FIRST OF ALL congratulations…
Very fluent. Yes, there’s a Spanish accent, but it doesn’t not interfere at all with understanding.
Perhaps you could practise weak forms “been” – “bin” “I’ve /bin/ listening…. And the schwa:
And connected speech: not “first-of-all” But /firsteval/
An email from Marcelo Fernandez from Argentina
Dear Craig an Reza. I fell in love with your podcast. I can’t help looking it up on ivoox every week. Would you be so kind (as) to explain this?
There are at least two songs that use”don’t” in the third person. “Sussudio” sung by Phil Collins (…she don’t even know my name…) and “Ticket to ride” by The Beatles (…but she don’t care…)
When is that possible? Does it have a special meaning? Hoping to listen to you once more I thank you in advance from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marcelo
Quantifiers – Not all of them, but a few of them!
One of / a few of / some of / most of / all of / none of
A few of our podcasts are about grammar
Most of Reza’s students passed the CAE exam. Not all of them, but 74% – most of them. Unfortunately, some of them didn’t pass.
Reza ate some of the cheese, but not all of it.
One of our podcasts is about how to tell a story in English (Episode 137) One……is (not X
areX) / A few of our podcasts ARE about grammar.
Some of our podcasts have special guests
Most of our podcasts have vocabulary translated in the show notes
All of our podcasts are available on itunes!
None of our podcasts are in French
Can you give more examples?
One of / a few of / some of / Most of / All of / None of
Pronunciation of /of/
What happens with countable/uncountable nouns?
Here are some colloquial quantifiers:
plenty of (biscuits) heaps of (room in our flat) a load of (rubbish) loads of (people) tons of (potatoes in the oven)
a couple of (mistakes) hundreds of (people in the street)
Some quantifiers can be used only with uncountable nouns:
a little (money – uncountable)
A few (euros – countable)
(not) much (traffic – “There wasn’t much traffic on the roads this morning.” – uncountable)
many (“We have many listeners” – countable)
a bit of (cake)
a great deal of (money)
a good deal of (snow)
a little / little – “She has little experience in customer service.” “She has a little experience in customer service.”
a few / few – “There were a few students in my class today.” / “There were few students in my first class today.” (Not many)
Improve your speaking with an italki teacher
How much money have you got?
How many friends have you got?
Do you like any of your students?
How many of our listeners do you think live in Spain?
Audio feedback from Gabriel from Tijuana
Gabriel, the new microphone sounds a lot better! – No one like the way their voice sounds. That shouldn’t stop anyone from practicing English and sending us a message.
Thanks for allX – “Thanks for everything.”
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