Post-determiners are terms that are used after central determiners. They are all used to modify the noun phrase. follow the article to learn more.

Post-determiners in the English Grammar

What Are Post-determiners?

Post-determiners (also called limiting noun modifiers) as their name suggests, are words that come after the determiners to modify a noun phrase. Remember sometimes there is no determiner before post-determiners and as a result, they are used alone before noun phrases.

Different Types of Post-determiners

There are different types of post-determiners:

1. numerals

  • ordinal
  • cardinal
  • sequencers (general ordinals)

2. some quantifiers

3. some distributives

Numeral Post-determiners

As mentioned, numerals post-determiners are categorized into three different groups:

Cardinal Numbers

using post-determiners to modify a noun

The first type is cardinal numbers that are one, two, three, etc. That are used to count objects and things. Check out the examples:

I found these two cats on the street. They were homeless.

Ordinal Numbers

The other type is ordinal numbers such as first, second, third, etc. Ordinal numbers indicate the position of something in a set of objects or events. Check out the examples:

The very first time I saw you, I had no idea that we would be best friends.

The term 'very' is an adverb that can be placed in any position between the determiners.

This is the second job I got fired, this month.

General Ordinal Number

There is one type of ordinal numbers which are not actually numbers but they show the priority of an event or state of being, etc. This kind of ordinal numeral is called a sequencer, also called general ordinal, these post-determiners are words such as next, last, previous, etc. Check out the examples.

This is the last time.

The next part of the book is dedicated to a famous actor.

Quantifiers as Post-determiners

'Quantifiers' such as many, much, other, little, few, several, etc. are used as post-determiners. It means they can be placed after determiners and pre-determiners. Check out the examples:

I have seen too many people in the room.

Those few moments that we spent together was precious.

Distributives as Post-determiners

Some distributives are used as post-determiners after determiners or even without them to modify a phrase. These distributives are words such as 'each,' 'every,' 'either,' 'neither.' Check out the examples:

Either class wasn't clean enough.

Each student has to register their name to attend the class.


Post-determiners are used after central determiners to modify a noun. Here are the types of post-determiners.

  1. numerals
  2. some quantifiers
  3. some distributives


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