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Like articles, quantifiers are words that precede and modify nouns. They tell us how many or how much. Selecting the correct quantifier depends on your understanding the distinction between Count and Non-Count Nouns. For our purposes, we will choose the count noun trees and the non-count noun dancing:

The following quantifiers will work with count nouns:
many trees
a few trees
few trees
several trees
a couple of trees
none of the trees

The following quantifiers will work with non-count nouns:
not much dancing
a little dancing
little dancing
a bit of dancing
a good deal of dancing
a great deal of dancing
no dancing

The following quantifiers will work with both count and non-count nouns:
all of the trees/dancing
some trees/dancing
most of the trees/dancing
enough trees/dancing
a lot of trees/dancing
lots of trees/dancing
plenty of trees/dancing
a lack of trees/dancing
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a little vs little. [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 12:55
There is an important difference between "a little" and "little" (used with non-count words) and between "a few" and "few" (used with count words).

If I say that Tashonda has a little experience in management that means that although Tashonda is no great expert she does have some experience and that experience might well be enough for our purposes. If I say that Tashonda has little experience in management that means that she doesn't have enough experience.

If I say that Charlie owns a few books on Latin American literature that means that he has some some books — not a lot of books, but probably enough for our purposes. If I say that Charlie owns few books on Latin American literature, that means he doesn't have enough for our purposes and we'd better go to the library.
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 18:50
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a good deal of dancing
a great deal of dancing


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32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 18:55
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x2suresh wrote:
a good deal of dancing
a great deal of dancing


Support for this note, I would paste here the SC question I met long time ago, but when I see it again, I choose wrong choice!

32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make



Thanks x2suresh for the notes!

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Is the answer to the above question D?
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 19:27
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sondenso wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
a good deal of dancing
a great deal of dancing


Support for this note, I would paste here the SC question I met long time ago, but when I see it again, I choose wrong choice!

32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make



Thanks x2suresh for the notes!

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Is the answer to the above question D?


alpha_plus_gamma, how do you crack this SC? Thanks!
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 10:34
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x2suresh wrote:
a good deal of dancing
a great deal of dancing


Support for this note, I would paste here the SC question I met long time ago, but when I see it again, I choose wrong choice!

32. The computer company has announced that it will purchase the color-printing division of a rival company for $950 million, which is part of a deal that will make it the largest manufacturer in the office color-printing market,
A) million, which is part of a deal that will make
B) million, a part of a deal that makes
C) million, part of a deal making
D) million as a part of a deal to make
E) million as part of a deal that will make


A - out "which" incorrectly refers to $950 million
B & C -- are clauses (not phrases) so they need to be connected well with "conjunction"
"as" connects both clauses beautifully. Experts correct me If I am wrong.
D - not only distorts the orginal meaning but also leads to multiple meanings
D & E are rewritten to make it simple to understand

D) will purchase ... for.. million as a part of a deal to make it No.1
here it conveys that intention of the company is to make it's position No.1
More analysis on D for article "a" usage:
D can be read as below
will purchase ... for.. million as a "part of a deal to make it No.1" (i)
=will purchase ... for.. million as a "Z"
D can also be read as below
will purchase ... for.. million as "a part" of a deal to make it No.1 (ii) a part = one part ( i.e part contains more parts and we are refering one part)
"a" [part] position leading multiple meanings [(i) and (ii)] --> ambiguous.

If I rewrite the setence with "that' then it makes little sense.
will purchase ... for.. million as a part of a deal that makes it No.1
Still this leads to two meanings..[(iii) and (iv)] still ambiguous statement..
=will purchase ... for.. million as a "part of a deal" that makes it No.1 (iii)
will purchase ... for.. million as "a part" of a deal that makes it No.1 (iv)

Finallly............ remove the "a"
will purchase ... for.. million as part of a deal that makes it No.1 -- This looks far better than the original 'D'


--- tooo much reasioning. :lol: . I may be wrong.. :oops: please correct me :x

E) will purchase ... for.. million as part of a deal that will make it No.1


E is my choice
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers & SC-Part of Deal [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 17:22
Unfortunately, GmatPrep says OA is not E :lol:
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Re: Notes on Quantifiers & SC-Part of Deal [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 17:39
D & E come really close

I pick D.. tense issue..

announced.. will purchase... to make.. seems the best progression

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