Singular or plural after adverbs of quantity

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Singular or plural after adverbs of quantity

After quantity words such as más (more), menos (less), poco (little, few), mucho (much, many), bastante (enough/plenty) or la mayoría (the majority, most), we can have the singular or the plural.

Hay bastantes gatos en el hotel.

There are a good few cats in the hotel.

No tengo más dinero.

I've got no more money.

Words that can be counted always go in the plural:

En el árbol hay más manzanas.

There are more apples on the tree.

Tengo menos libros que tú.

I've got fewer books than you.

Compré la mayoría de naranjas.

I bought most of the oranges.

Words that can't be counted always go in the singular.

—¿Quieres más café?

-Do you want more coffee?

— Sí, pero con menos azúcar.

-Yes, but with less sugar.

—Vale, pero no queda mucha leche.

-OK, but there's not much milk left.

Note: some uncountable nouns such as los celos (jealousy), los comestibles (foodstuffs) or las agujetas (stiffness, aching) are always plural.

Su hermano tiene más celos que él.

His brother is more jealous than he is.

Hoy tengo muchas agujetas.

I'm very stiff today.

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