What Are Indefinite Determiners?
Indefinite determiners are determiners that express quantity or indefinite ideas of quality. We use indefinite determiners when we want to answer the questions 'how much' or 'how many' and give someone information about the quantity of something.
Indefinite Determiners: Types
Indefinite determiners are categorized into two groups:
Indefinite pre-determiners are the determiners 'both' and 'all' and all the indefinite partitives. Here are the most common indefinite pre-determiners on the list:
Most, Many, Much, More
The indefinite determiners 'many' and 'much' refer to a large number and amount. 'Many' is used with plural nouns while 'much' is used with uncountable nouns.
'More' is the comparative form of them and 'most' is the superlative form of them.
I don't have
Do you want
Plenty, Enough, Several
All these phrases are used to determine the amount or number of a particular noun. 'Several' and 'plenty' are used with plural countable nouns. The other ones can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. Here are the examples:
'Any' is used in questions and negative sentences while some is used in positive sentences. 'Any' and 'some' are used with plural countable or uncountable nouns. Here are the examples:
Does she need
I don't want
Either, Neither, Each
'Neither' is used with countable plural nouns and it implies negative meaning, so it is used with affirmative verbs, while 'either' is used in negative sentences with negative verbs. Here are the examples:
Each is another distributive which is followed by the term of and used as an indefinite pre-determiner.
Both and All
'Both' and 'all' are used as pre-determiners or determiners.
Quantifiers are used as post-determiners. Here are the most common quantifiers on the list:
I have had
- quantifiers for countable nouns
- quantifiers for uncountable nouns
- quantifiers for uncountable and countable nouns
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