Quantifiers used with countable nouns include a, an, one, each, every, both, a couple of, a few, several, many, a number of, a large number of, and a great number of.
- A rubber duck is floating in the bath.
- An evil monster like him has no friends.
- One page is missing from my cookery book.
- He had a tattoo of a dragon on each arm.
- Every child received a lollipop.
- Both donkeys are braying at the same time.
- A couple of people began to talk louder and louder after the third round of drinks.
- Someone stole several piglets from his farm.
- I think he is putting too many eggs in one basket.
- A number of her friends agreed with her that she looked overweight.
- Illegal loggers cut down a large number of trees.
- A great number of locusts swarmed the area.
Few and a few
Few and a few come before plural countable nouns. Few (without a) conveys a negative meaning of only a small number or hardly any; a few has a positive meaning of having some but enough.
- There were a few casualties in the train accident. (= Not many died or injured.)
- Few passers-by stopped to look at my paintings. (= Almost no passers-by were interested.)