Quantifiers - Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games

Much, Many, A few, A little Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This free quantifiers worksheet helps students learn and practice how to use much, many, a few and a little with countable or uncountable nouns. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students start by sorting nouns into countable and uncountable nouns. Next, students complete questions using the quantifiers 'much' or 'many' with the nouns from the first exercise. Students then complete answers to the questions with 'a little' or 'a few'. In the last exercise, students write 'much' or 'many' questions and answers using 'a little' or 'a few' for other countable and uncountable nouns. When the students have finished, check their questions and answers together as a class.
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Much, Many, A few, A little - Interactive Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for people teaching English online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of online exercises to learn how to use much, many, a few and a little with countable or uncountable nouns.
 

Much, Many, Some, Any Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This printable quantifiers worksheet helps students learn the grammatical rules associated with much, many, some and any. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students complete the 20 sentences on the worksheet with much, many, some or any. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class by asking each student to read out a sentence. Next, the students look at the sentences on the worksheet and think about the grammar rules for using the four quantifiers. Students then complete a gap-fill text, explaining the grammar rules. Afterwards, review the rules with the class.
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Much, Many, Some, Any - Interactive Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students do online exercises to learn the grammatical rules for much, many, some and any.
 

Place your Bets

ESL Quantifiers Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this quantifiers worksheet activity, students identify and correct errors in sentences that contain quantifiers. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read the sentences on the worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of quantifiers. If the students think a sentence is right, they put a tick in the first column of the worksheet. If they think a sentence is wrong, they put a cross and correct the mistake. When the students have finished, they bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about their decisions. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each item. When the students have placed a bet for each sentence, elicit the correct answers from the class. If students guessed correctly, they win the amount they bet. If they guessed incorrectly, they lose that amount. The student with the highest grand total at the end is the winner.
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Place your Bets - Interactive Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Error Correction Exercise - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for people who teach English online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete an online exercise where they identify and correct errors in sentences that contain quantifiers.
 

Shopping Run

ESL Quantifiers Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 15 minutes

In this fun quantifiers game, students use 'a few' and 'a little' alternately with countable and uncountable shopping items. The students stand up in a circle. The first student completes the sentence 'I went to the supermarket and bought...' with 'a few' or 'a little' and a matching shopping item, e.g. 'I went to the supermarket and bought a few oranges'. The second student repeats the first student’s sentence and adds a suitable shopping item preceded by 'a little', e.g. 'I went to the supermarket and bought a few oranges and a little chocolate'. This continues around the circle with students using 'a few' and 'a little' alternately. If a student can't remember all the shopping items or uses 'a few' or 'a little' incorrectly, they are out of the game and must sit down. The last student left standing wins the game.
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Athletes - Printable Version

ESL Quantifiers Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free quantifiers worksheet activity, students write 'How much...?' and 'How many...?' questions in order to find out missing information in a text about four athletes. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working together with the people in their group, students read the paragraphs and write down the 'How much/many…?' questions they need to ask in order to complete the missing information about the four athletes on their worksheet. When both groups have finished writing, check the students' questions. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. Students take it in turns to ask their partner the 'How much/many…?' questions they prepared and fill in the gaps on the worksheet with their partner's answers. When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing worksheets.
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Athletes - Interactive Version

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This is a free interactive PDF version of the above activity for online English teachers. In the breakout room activity, students write, ask and answer 'How much...?' and 'How many...?' questions about four athletes.
 

Health Questionnaire - Printable Version

ESL Quantifiers Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this insightful quantifiers activity, students ask and answer health, diet and lifestyle questions with 'How much' and 'How many' and reply using quantifiers. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students complete the questions on their worksheet with 'How much' and 'How many', adding two more health, diet or lifestyle questions of their own at the end. When the students have finished writing, review the questions with the class. Next, divide the students into pairs and write the quantifiers from the worksheet on the board. Students then decide who will ask their questions first. The interviewee turns over their worksheet. The interviewer then asks their partner the questions on the worksheet and notes the answers down. Their partner replies to each question using a quantifier from the board, expanding their answers where possible, e.g. 'I do quite a lot of exercise each week. I go cycling three times a week and sometimes go to the gym'. When the students have both interviewed each other, they look at their partner's answers and decide whether their partner has a healthy diet and lifestyle or not. Students discuss the findings in their pairs. Finally, students tell the class about their partner’s diet and lifestyle and discuss if each lifestyle is healthy or unhealthy and why.
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Interactive Health Questionnaire

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for English teachers who are working online. In the breakout room activity, pairs of students ask and answer 'How much' and 'How many' questions about health, diet and lifestyle and answer using quantifiers.
 

How Much and How Many? Board Game

ESL How Much How Many Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free quantifiers board game, students ask conversation questions with 'How much...?' or 'How many...?' and reply using quantifiers. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. The players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they make a conversation question with 'How many...?' or 'How much...?' depending on whether the noun is countable or uncountable. For example, if a player lands on the word 'holidays', the player might ask 'How many holidays did you take last year?' If the other group members agree the question is grammatically correct and appropriate, the player stays on the square. The other group members then take it in turns to answer the question using quantifiers, e.g. 'I took a lot of holidays last year. I went to the beach a few times. I also went to Spain'. When everyone has answered the question, it's the next player's turn. If the question is grammatically incorrect or doesn't make sense, the player must go back to their previous square and play passes to the next student. If a player lands on a square that another student has previously landed on, they must make a new question, e.g. 'How many holidays do you think you'll take this year?' The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
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Quantifier Noughts and Crosses

ESL Quantifiers Game - Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This engaging quantifiers game helps students to practice making sentences with quantifiers. Draw a noughts and crosses grid containing quantifiers on the board and divide the class into two teams. The two teams toss a coin to see who will start. The winning team chooses a square and then has 30 seconds to make an appropriate sentence with the quantifier in the square. If the team takes longer than 30 seconds, they lose their turn. If the team manages to make a sentence, the other team helps to judge if it's correct or not. If the sentence is correct, the team writes a nought or cross in the square accordingly. Then, it's the other team's turn to play. The first team to get a row of three noughts or crosses wins the round and scores a point. Play several rounds using different quantifiers each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Quantifiers Race

ESL Quantifiers Game - Listening, Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this rewarding quantifiers game, students race to write down countable and uncountable nouns that belong to different quantifiers and categories. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains five columns with quantifiers as headings (a few, a little, some, a large number of, a large amount of). The students' task is to complete each row with nouns that fit a certain category. Read the first category to the class, i.e. something you can see in the classroom. The students then have one minute to complete the first row on their worksheet with nouns that fit that category, one for each quantifier heading. When the time limit has been reached, the students stop writing. The students then take it in turns to give their answers by making a sentence with the quantifiers, e.g. 'I can see a few bags, a large number of students, a little dust on the table', etc. Students score one point for every grammatically correct and appropriate noun. Two points are awarded for every original noun - a noun that no one else has written. This process continues until all the categories have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Ask Yourself

ESL Quantifiers Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 35 minutes

In this challenging quantifiers activity, students play a game where they race to complete questions with quantifiers (much, many, a few, enough, a lot of, any) and then answer the questions by speaking for 30 seconds. Give each group of four a set of question cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to turn over the top card from the pile and look at the question without showing it to anyone. The student with the card then reads the question to the group, saying the word 'blank' where the quantifier should go, e.g. 'Are there BLANK of restaurants in your town or city?' The other students then race to repeat the question, inserting the correct quantifier as they speak. The first student to repeat back the entire question correctly must then answer the question by speaking for 30 seconds. If the student manages to do this, they keep the card. If the student stops speaking before the time limit has been reached, another student can try to steal the round by repeating the question and talking for 30 seconds. The game continues until all the question cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Expressions of Quantity Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this printable quantifiers worksheet, students use the topic of a children's birthday party to practice quantifiers. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students start by grouping party-related nouns into countable, countable or uncountable, or uncountable nouns. The students then use prompts to write questions with 'How much' or 'How many' that go with a set of answers. Next, students choose the correct expressions of quantity to complete sentences about a birthday party using each word or phrase twice. In the last exercise, students write an email describing the party using some expressions of quantity from Exercise C. When the students have finished, have them read their emails to the class and provide feedback.
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Expressions of Quantity Interactive Worksheet

ESL Quantifiers Interactive Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers who are working online. The interactive worksheet contains a range of online exercises to help students practice quantifiers.
 

Quantifiers Board Game

ESL Quantifiers Board Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a rewarding quantifiers board game to help students practice or review quantifiers. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a set of topic cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the topic cards and place them face down in a pile on the table. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a quantifier square, they turn over the top card from the pile and make a sentence combining the quantifier in the square with the topic on the card. For example, if the player lands on the 'several' square and turns over the topic card 'clothes', the student might say 'I go shopping for clothes several times a year.' The other students in the group judge the player's sentence. If the sentence is grammatically correct and makes sense, the player stays on the square. If a player cannot think of a sentence or the sentence is incorrect, they go back to their previous square. The topic card is then placed at the bottom of the pile and it's the next student's turn to play. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
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