Determiners in English Grammar

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.

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Possessive Determiners

Possessive determiners are type of function words used in front of a noun to show who owns or possesses something.

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Interrogative Determiners

There are three interrogative determiners in English: what, which, and whose. In this lesson we will go through each one of them.

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Demonstrative Determiners

Demonstrative determiners in English are this, these, that and those. They are used to identify the person or thing that is being referred to.

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Indefinite Determiners

Indefinite determiners are determiners that express quantity or the indefinite idea of quality. They agree in number and gender with the noun they modify.

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Indefinite Articles

The indefinite articles in English language are 'a/an'. They refer to a noun for the first time or a general noun when its identity is unknown.

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Definite Article

The definite article in English language is 'the. It is used before a noun to show that the noun is known to the reader. Learn about this useful article!

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Determiners

Determiners

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:

Main Determiners

Every noun or noun phrase can only have ONE main determiner:

Articles

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

Let's go buy a book .

Could you give me that book ? The one on the shelf ?

Demonstrative Determiners

Demonstrative determiners tell us where something is in relation to us. There are four demonstrative determiners in English language:

  • this
  • that
  • these
  • those

This picture is truly beautiful !

Possessive Determiners

Possessive determiners show the possession of something/somebody to someone or something. There are seven possessive determiners in English language:

my
your
his
her
its
our
their

He's my brother , Ken .

Quantifiers

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.

Many guests came to the party .

I have some leftover meatballs from last night's dinner .

Interrogative Determiners

Interrogative determiners are used to ask a question. These are Interrogative determiners of English language:

  • whose
  • what
  • which

Whose car is this ?

What color is your car ?

Pre-Determiners and Post-Determiners

Pre-determiners come before main determiners and post-determiners come after main determiners.

  1. Such and what: What a lovely day! Such a pretty girl!
  2. Rather and quite: quite a nice day/ rather a nice day