According to quantifier variance (QV), there are many families of quantifiers, including the ordinary English family that quantifies over such things as dogs, chairs, holes and shadows, the abstemious ontologist's family that quantifies only over elementary particles, the organicist family that quantifies over elementary particles and living things, and so on. None of these is in any way primary or more fundamental than the others.
The main motivation of QV is to protect apparently reasonable people (whether ordinary or ontologist) against making lots of false statements. While the abstemious ontologist says "There are no chairs anywhere", she doesn't actually disagree with the ordinary person who says "There are five chairs in the room", as they use different quantifiers.
Here is an interesting alternative. Keep the QV story's claim that the ordinary person's "There are" and the ontologist's "There are" mean something different. But deny that they are both quantifiers. Only the ontologist is quantifying. The ordinary person is doing something else.
What about the plurality of ontologists? Are they all quantifying, or is only one camp quantifying? I suspect that most of ontologists are quantifying. And most are saying things that are false. So, unlike QV, I am only interested in saving the ordinary person from making lots of false statements. Ontologists doing ontology do so at their own risk.