What is Determiner Order?
Take a look at the types of determiners on the list:
- central determiners
How Do We Use Determiners?
As you may know, there are various types of pre-determiners, determiners, and post-determiners that are used in specific orders to form noun phrases with a head noun. Let us take a look at the determiners that can be used with each other at the same time:
Pre-determiners and Central Determiners
Some pre-determiners cannot be used with certain central determiners. Check out the table below to find out which predeterminers can be used with a specific central determiner.
Multipliers and Central Determiners
Multipliers can be used before every central determiner except interrogative determiners. Here are a few examples:
These shoes are
what color is your favorite?
Fractions and Central Determiners
Fractions can be used with every central determiner except interrogative determiners. Here are some examples:
whose shoes are those?
Intensifiers with Central Determiners
Intensifiers are used with articles but not with any other central determiners. Here are a few examples:
I can't solve
whose books are those?
Distributives and Central Determiners
Distributives are used with every type of central determiner except interrogative determiners. Here are some examples:
what class did go to the picnic?
Post-determiners and Central Determiners
Certain post-determiners can be used on their own, without a preceding determiner, while others require a central determiner to be present. It is important to know which post-determiners can be used with central determiners in a noun phrase. The table below shows which post-determiners can be used with central determiners:
Numerals and Central Determiners
Numeral post-determiners can be used with all central determiners except interrogatives. Check out the examples:
school do you go to?
Quantifiers with Central Determiners
Quantifiers cannot be used with interrogative and possessive determiners. Check out the examples for more clarification:
We have a
I talked to my
issues are there in your mind?
Distributives with Central Determiners
Distributive determiners are only used alone as a post-determiner. This means they cannot be used with central determiners at the same time. Check these examples out:
Can We Use Post-determiners and Pre-determiners Together?
There are only a few structures in which post-determiners and pre-determiners can be used together at the same time. Here are the structures:
- distributive (pre-determiner) + article + numeral (post-determiner) + head noun
Here is an example of this structure:
I will have fun
- multiplier (pre-determiner) + possessive + numeral (post-determiner) + head noun
Check the example out to get to know this structure:
- distributive (pre-determiner) + demonstrative + numeral (post-determiner) + head noun
In this example, the above structure is used:
- distributive (pre-determiner) + possessive + numeral (post-determiner) + head noun
Check out the example for more clarification:
Determiners of the Same Category
Two central determiners or two pre-determiners cannot be used with each other at the same time, but there are two specific post-determiners that can be used with each other. Here is the structure and the example:
- numeral (sequencer) + quantifier + head noun
I will give birth to my baby in the
Partitives as Pre-determiners
Both definite and indefinite partitives can be used as pre-determiners in a noun phrase. However, it's important to note that the first part of the partitive, which contains a number or an article (such as 'a', 'one', 'two', 'one hundred', and so on), is actually part of the partitive structure and is included in the formation of the pre-determiner. Therefore, the entire partitive construction is used as a pre-determiner. Here are the examples:
'Their' is a central determiner that is used after the partitive pre-determiner.
Pre-determiners cannot be used with every central determiner pr post-determiner at the same time. So there is a particular order for each determiner to be used in combination with another.
- What is Determiner Order?
- How Do We Use Determiners?
- Can We Use Post-determiners and Pre-determiners Together?
- Determiners of the Same Category
- Partitives as Pre-determiners
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