ALL (of) / MOST (of) / NO / NONE etc.

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Welcome to your “All (of)” / “Most (of)” / “No” / “None” etc. lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• When do we use “All (of)” / “Most (of)” / “No” / “None” etc.?
More key words
Using pronouns
Using these words alone
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When do we use “All (of)” / “Most (of)” / “No” / “None” etc.?

You can use the following words with a noun:

all any little/few most much/many no some

All cars have wheels.”

Some cars have sunroofs.”

No cars allowed!”
(on a sign)

Many drivers use their phone at the wheel.”

You cannot say “all of cars”, “many of drivers” etc.

Note that we say “most” not “the most”:

Most people own a phone.”
(not “The most people own a phone.”)

More key words

You can use the following words with “of” and a noun:

all any half little/few most much/many none some

Some of the people I work with are not very nice.”

None of this money is mine.”

“I was so ill, I spent most of yesterday on the toilet.”

You don’t need to use “of” after “all” or “half”:

All of my friends live in London.” orAll my friends live in London.”

Half of this rice is burnt!” orHalf this rice is burnt.”

Compare these pairs of sentences:

All fruits are delicious.”
(every fruit, in general)

All the fruits in my garden are delicious.”
(a specific group of fruits)

Most electricians have degrees.”
(most electricians, in general)

Most of the electricians working here have degrees.”
(most electricians in a specific group)

Using pronouns

You can use “some of”, “most of”, “all of” etc. with “it”, “us”, “you” or “them”:

“Did you know many people at the party?” “No, none of them.”

“Do you like the local cuisine?” “Yes, most of it.”

Some of you might have some questions.”

You can say “all of us”, “half of you” etc. You cannot leave out “of” before the pronoun.

All of us were on time this morning!”
(not “All us…”)

“It’s a great book so far, but I’ve only read half of it.”
(not “…half it.”)

Using these words alone

You can sometimes use “some”, “most” etc. alone, without a noun:

“Some people smoke, some don’t.”

“A few shops were open, a few were closed.”

“Half of the rice was burnt, half was fine.”