Singular and plural nouns
Is this sentence correct? Should I put any quantifier like many or a few before the words "books"? Thanks.1. She is holding books.
May, just to clarify what Lewis has correctly said, you don't need to use a quantifier, but you can. She is holding books is a perfectly acceptable sentence. It would be most natural in a situation where you are describing what someone is doing, or identifying who she to another person.
A: Do you see that pretty girl over there?
B: No. Which one?
A: She is in line at the library counter. She is holding books.
B: Oh, right. Yes, she's lovely!
You didn't ask about this, but you would need to use the article the if you are talking about a specific group of books which have already been mentioned:
A: I bought three books this morning, and I left them on the coffee table. Now I can't find them.
B: Hmm, I am not sure but, oh wait, there's Jane standing at the photocopier. She is holding the books.
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It isn't needed with most plural nouns. You can use a quantifier to show how many books.
She is holding a few books.
She is holding many books.
She is holding a stack of books.
In this, the 'a' modifies 'stack' and 'books' becomes the object of the preposition.
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