As my promise, I am going to write more about quantifiers. I don’t know what the right term for it. I googled and some resources just simply called them determiners. Since I don’t want to determine something then let’s just call them quantifiers 😀

Quantifiers are the pointers for quantity of nouns. Of course it is related to the type of the noun whether it is an uncountable or countable one. But, in this post I just want to share the couple of contradictory quantifiers.

What for?

It can help us to ‘sense‘ the contrary statements in reading skill especially in False/True/Not Given type of questions.

Lets play with percentage of coverage of quantity then (taken from reference book).

100%: always, everyone, all, the entirety
50% – 100%: all but few, the majority, most, little doubt
+-50%: no particular emphasis, neither one way, sometimes, roughly half
20%-50%: a few, a minority, a small number, occasionally
< 20% – > 0%: rarely, negligible, an insignificant number, virtually nil
0%: nil, zero, nobody, absolutely none

Based on information above we can see the contrary word. If in the passage stated ‘the majority’ but then the questions stated ‘some of them’ we can conclude this to contrary statement.

One thing you should notice that the ‘contrary‘ is not like just taught in our mathematics or computing subject which is the majority only contrary with the minority. It is not really that clearly seen that the ‘contrary‘ always easily sensed.

Keep reminding yourself that IELTS deal with language not logic. It took long period for me to accept these deals 🙂

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