Determiners in English Grammar
Nouns usually don’t want to be alone. The determiners are nouns' best friends. They are little words that come before nouns and give information about them.
Determiner (also called prenominal modifier) is a word or a group of words that specifies, identifies, or quantifies the noun or noun phrase that follows it. Determiners can be categorized into two groups:
Every noun or noun phrase can only have ONE main determiner:
Articles come before a noun to determine if that noun is a definite noun or an indefinite one. There are three articles in the English language:
- Definite article : the
- Indefinite articles : a, an
Demonstrative determiners tell us where something is in relation to us. There are four demonstrative determiners in English language:
Possessive determiners show the possession of something/somebody to someone or something. There are seven possessive determiners in English language:
Quantifiers indicate a noun's quantity and answer to the questions of 'how much' or 'how many'. For example the words 'all, every, most, many, much, some, few, little, any' are all quantifiers.
Interrogative determiners are used to ask a question. These are Interrogative determiners of English language:
Pre-Determiners and Post-Determiners
Pre-determiners come before main determiners and post-determiners come after main determiners.
- Such and what: What a lovely day! Such a pretty girl!
- Rather and quite: quite a nice day/ rather a nice day