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French Expressions of Quantity

French Expressions of Quantity

What are French expressions of quantity?

Expressions of quantity in French include words such as beaucoup de (a lot of), trop de (too much), peu de (little, few) and assez de (enough). The following list offers a complete list of quantity words and expressions. We’ve included some example sentences below the list.

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  • a lot of beaucoup de
  • a lot of pas mal de
  • a minimum of un maximum de
  • a minimum of un minimum de
  • about environ
  • almost, nearly presque
  • approximately à peu près
  • as much as autant de
  • enough suffisant de
  • enough assez de
  • few peu de
  • how much (many) combien de
  • less moins de
  • majority of la majorité de
  • more plus de
  • so much, so many tant de
  • too much trop de


  • triple triple
  • little petit, petite
  • half demi, demie
  • full plein, pleine
  • entire entier, entière
  • empty vide
  • each chaque
  • double double
  • big gros, grosse

Approximate amounts

  • a fistful of une poignée de
  • a mouthful of une bouchée de
  • a part of une part de, une partie de
  • a piece of un morceau de
  • a piece of une pièce de
  • a portion of une portion de
  • a quantity of une quantié de
  • several, many plusieurs


  • a can / box of une boîte de
  • a bowl of un bol de
  • a glass of un verre de
  • a plate of une assiette de
  • a cup of une tasse de


  • a pound of une livre de
  • a liter of un litre de
  • a kilogram of un kilo de

How to form quantity sentences

To express quantities, most of the above expressions use the following grammatical structure: Quantity word + de + noun. The definite article (le, la, les) is not included. Here are examples:

  • Il a beaucoup de voitures. He has a lot of cars.
  • Nous avons peu de temps. We have time.
  • Ils ont assez d’argent. They have enough money.
  • Je prends un morceau de pain. I take a piece of bread.
  • J’ai une dizaine d’amis en France. I have about ten friends in France.
  • J’achète un kilo de pommes. I’m buying one kilo of apples.

When dealing with specific numbers there’s no need to use de. For example:

  • J’achète trois bananes. I buy three bananas.
  • Nous avons trois heures. We have three hours.
  • Ils ont un kilo de pommes de terre. They have one kilo of potatoes.
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