There are quantifiers that can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. They include enough, no, any, some, a lot of, lots of, most, and all.

Countable: There were not enough cups at the party, so I drank from the bottle.

Uncountable: I just had enough money to buy her an ice cream.

Countable: There were no passengers in the bus.

Uncountable: She screamed for help, but received no help.

Countable: There wasn’t any policeman around when I was robbed.

Uncountable: It didn’t come with any instructions about assembling it.

Countable: She received the most Christmas cards in the family.

Uncountable: She earned the most money in the family.

Countable: Not all monkeys have tails.

Uncountable: I have been trying all morning to fix my old computer.


A lot of and lots of

A lot of and lots of mean the same, and they both mean a large quantity of.

  • He has a lot of hair on his chest.
  • He has lots of hair on his chest.

Both a lot of and lots of can be used before singular uncountable nouns or plural countable nouns.

  • A lot of/Lots of sand has got into my shoes. (Uncountable noun)
  • I can eat a lot of/lots of grapes when I want to. (Countable noun)
  • There was a lot of/lots of rubbish everywhere. (Uncountable noun)
  • There were a lot of/lots of people on the beach. (Countable noun)

When we use a lot of/lots of with a plural subject, we use a plural verb.

  • A lot of/Lots of replies were received in response to her advertisement.

When we use a lot of/lots of with a singular subject, we use a singular verb.

  • A lot of/Lots of false information was given by him to the tax authorities.