6. Vocabulary to describe amounts

6. Vocabulary to describe amounts

Tim has a house party.

Main practice:   words to describe amounts
Revision:              clear up


Use with countable nouns only:
several  -  a few  -  dozens of  -  a piece of  -  a bit of 

Use with uncountable nouns only, (when discussing amounts, not size):

Use with countable and uncountable nouns:
hardly any  -  a lot of

a dozen - twelve, i.e.
  • I'd like a dozen chocolate cookies, please.

a stain - a mark made by wine or coffee, etc.
  • There're stains on the table cloth; it looks like someone's spilt tea or coffee.

hardly any - only a few, or a little, i.e.
  • There were hardly any people in the cinema.

several - a small number, but suggesting more than ‘a few'
  • I've texted him several times but he hasn't replied.

clear up - (phrasal verb) to clean and/or tidy
  • I'm going to clear up my room; it's in such a mess.

a few - not many
  • We have a few apples and there're some bananas.


Tim's had a house party while parents, Bill and Sam, were away. Mum and Dad are not so happy that a lot of food has been eaten and some damage done.

Choose the correct vocabulary.
Bill: Tim, there's bread left, not even one slice. 

Tim: Sorry, Dad, my friends were really hungry.

Bill: Well, of your friends are now asleep in the living room.

Tim: Um, yes, we had a very late night. They were too tired to go home.

Sam: And, Tim, there're cigarette butts all over the terrace.

Tim: Yes, Mum, I made everyone smoke outside.

Bill: The fridge is almost empty. There're only eggs, a
          milk and one cake.

Tim: Yes, we were all very hungry. Sorry.

Sam: And there's fruit left, only one banana and
           an apple. 

Tim: I'll, er, go to the supermarket.

Bill: I see a window and the coffee table are broken.

Sam: And the carpet has wine stains. You and your friends have done
           a damage, Tim.

Tim: I'm sorry, Mum. We'll all clear up, and pay for the damage.

Bill: Yes, son, you will.


Complete the sentences.

a big piece  -  little  -  hardly any  -  a few  -  a lot of  -  several  -  pieces of

1.   - I feel sorry for John, he has friends.
      - That's strange, his brother's very popular; David has friends.

2.  I've asked Jane times to clear up her room but she still hasn't done it.

3.  I'm hungry, I'll have three pizza, please.

4.  I love that cake. Can I have , please.

5.  There's only a tea, I'll have to buy some more.

6.   We don't see her much, she's only been here to visit times.