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# quantifier

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• noun Logic An operator that limits the variables of a proposition, as some or all.
• noun Linguistics A word or other constituent that expresses a quantity or contrast in quantity, as some, all, or many.

• noun grammar A word, such as all or many, that expresses a quantity
• noun logic The operator, represented by either of the symbols (universal quantifier) or (existential quantifier), used in predicate calculus to indicate the degree that predicate is true for a specified set.
• noun computing A symbol or symbols in a regular expression indicating the number of characters to be matched.

• noun (logic) a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical proposition
• noun (grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen' or `many')

quantify +‎ -er

## Examples

• ˜LF™ (intimating ˜logical form™); and the hypothesized transformation ” called quantifier raising because it targeted the kinds of expressions that indicate

Logical Form

• They are a “quantifier” and a “bound variable,” a different logical relationship.

Singular “they” and the many reasons why it’s correct « Motivated Grammar

• Of course typical is a relative term, but I know that it is more accurate than using the quantifier “total” before bullshit.

Matthew Yglesias » Journalists, Bloggers, and Status Anxiety

• They are a “quantifier” and a “bound variable,” a different logical relationship.

2009 September « Motivated Grammar

• "Some" is an existential quantifier, and so a single computer that acts intelligently without intervention confirms my proposition.

Aiguy's Computer

• Summary: X times bigger is a completely valid phrase, so long as X is a number/quantifier.

Five times dumber « Motivated Grammar

• You are trying to negate my proposition ( "No lawlike mechanism can be an intelligent agent") and so a single counter example does nothing for you, because "no" is a universal quantifier.

Aiguy's Computer

• Summary: X times bigger is a completely valid phrase, so long as X is a number/quantifier.

2008 November « Motivated Grammar

• "Some" is an existential quantifier, and so a single computer that acts intelligently without intervention confirms my proposition.

Aiguy's Computer

• You are trying to negate my proposition ( "No lawlike mechanism can be an intelligent agent") and so a single counter example does nothing for you, because "no" is a universal quantifier.

Aiguy's Computer