Pre-determiners for intermediate learners

Pre-determiners are used to modify a noun. They are placed before the central determiners. Follow the article to learn about them.

What Are Pre-determiners in English Grammar?

What Are Pre-determiners?

Pre-determiners are a type of determiners in English grammar that come before other determiners in a noun phrase. They are used to add additional information about the noun and provide further specificity.

Pre-determiners: Types

Generally, pre-determiners are classified into four groups. Check out the following list:

In this lesson, we are going to learn about multipliers and distributives.

Multipliers as Pre-determiners

Multipliers are used to indicate a multiple of the noun being described. They can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns. Study the following examples:

She now earns double her previous wage.

Based on the recipe, Angie needs three times the rice.

Distributives

'All' and 'both' are the only distributives that can be used before other determiners. Please remember that 'both' is used only with countable nouns whereas 'all' is used with countable and uncountable nouns. Study the following examples carefully:

Both cinemas are playing the same movie.

All the guests should dance.

Warning!

Please note that 'both' and 'all' are not used with indefinite articles.

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