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Concept: Adjective of Number


Adjective of number shows the number of nouns or pronouns and their position. It is also known as numeral adjectives.

Types of Adjectives of Number

There are three types of adjectives of numbers. They are as follows:

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  1. Definite Numeral Adjective
    • They show exact numbers. There are three types of definite numeral adjectives.
    • Adjective of number is used with the countable nouns.
    Definite numeral adjective


    1. You will get only one piece of cake.
    2. She has stood second in the race.
    3. All double rooms have been booked in this hotel.
  2. Indefinite Numeral Adjective
  3. Adjectives speak about the number of adjectives. These words show indefinite numbers.


    1. My grandmother has sent a lot of mangoes.
    2. Today there were few vehicles on the road.
    3. He ate all the chocolates in that packet.

    Let us take a look at a set of indefinite numeral adjectives given in the table below:

    Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
    all any
    anything enough
    few One
    Some no
    certain several
    most of many
    everything none
  4. Distributive Numeral Adjective
    • A distributive numeral adjective shows every individual in the whole group has the quality. They slightly modify the meaning of a sentence.
    • They basically refer to singular nouns among many. These adjectives are usually followed by a single noun and a verb.


    1. Every student received their report cards.
    2. He carried the luggage using both hands.
    3. Each student will get a bar of chocolate for scoring more than 60%.

Let us take a look at a set of distributive numeral adjectives given below in the table.

No Distributive Numeral Adjectives
every neither
each either
both one of
any none

Common Mistake

  1. Students tend to get confused between words used as indefinite numeral adjectives with the correct noun.
  2. Examples:

    1. I have bought some mangoes.
    2. There are enough players in their team.
  3. Distributive numeral adjective is followed by the singular noun and singular verb. Do not use plural nouns in the sentence.
  4. Examples:

    Every student stood up when the principal entered.

  5. However, while using words like every one of, each of, neither of, either of, plural nouns and verbs are used in the sentence.
  6. Examples:

    Either of the girls got a gift for the teacher.

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