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This is our first test this term.

This is our the first test this term.

Which one is right?Shouldn’t we put the in front of first? And why?

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    Why would you ever put a the there? Please do some research, on this site or online, before posting questions like this. Possessive pronouns. Thanks.
    – Lambie
    Mar 30 at 23:33
  • This is our first test this term. This is the first test this term. But not both. Mar 30 at 23:43
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    our and the are both determiners. Use one or the other (in this context, it makes no difference whatsoever). But you can't use both. And the default English sequence is determiner [- adjective] - noun. Mar 31 at 0:48

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*This is our the first test this term.

From Collins Dictionary,

Most noun phrases contain only one determiner or none at all, but if there are more, they follow a definite order.

There are two large groups [among four groups]:

A the, this, these, that, those, a(n), and the possessives my, your, her, his, etc.

B another, some, any, no, either, neither, each, enough, a few, a little.

I add our to group A.

The words in groups A and B are known as the central determiners. A noun phrase will normally contain only one central determiner.

So it's clear that 'our the' is not possible. We use either one but not both.

'How do you use more than one determiner in noun phrases in English?' has more details on combination of determiners with two other groups.

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If you want to indicate possession, "the" is replaced by "our" in this sentence.

  • This is the first test this term.
  • This is our first test this term.
  • This is my first test this term.
  • This is your first test this term.
  • This is his first test this term.
  • This is their first test this term.

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