Questions tagged [determiners]

A 'determiner' is one of a fixed class of words placed before a noun phrase to indicate its definiteness, quantity, or degree.

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Problem regarding the use of determiners in the English language

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically sound: There is still little milk in the glass. There is still a little milk in the glass. There is still some milk in the glass. ? My opinion ...
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"A way" or "any way" , what is correct?

What of these is correct? and if both are correct, what is there any difference or connotation in the meaning? or, are there different in terms of formality? Is there a way you could send me the ...
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How to use the determiner THE

I need to hand my pupils a list of adverbs about feelings. Should I entitle it: "Adverbs to express intensity of feelings" or "Adverbs to express THE intensity of feelings"?
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Can you use "any" with other tenses?

I have looked through many websites and know that when "any" is used as a determiner, it can be used with countable or uncountable nouns. I also read in my textbook that when "any" ...
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Can determiners modify noun phrases?

How does 'both' function in the example below? Is the determiner modifying the entire noun phrase 'Jack and Jane'? I know this is correct English; however, in most examples, determiners only modify a ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'all' in 'noun + all'?

The people all wanted a new leader. In the above example, what is the grammatical function of all? Is it an inversion of 'all of the people' or 'all the people'? Or is it something else entirely? I ...
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There was little traffic. / There was a little traffic. / There was heavy traffic

As I understand it (from the picture), the meaning of these sentences is opposite. Right? Then, what's the difference between "a little traffic" and "heavy traffic jams"? Is it a ...
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knife glinting in the sun

In the following sentence, should "knife" have been preceded by an article or other determiner? If not, what kind of structure does not need one? The villain, a hulking lug with Manuel ...
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There are some beautiful flowers / There are beautiful flowers [duplicate]

Do these sentences have any difference in their meaning? Does "some" mean in this context - not all flowers are beautiful in this garden for them? There are some beautiful flowers in the ...
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"not those ones you have" / "not those you have"

Is a word "ones" excess or natural here? If it's excess, please, explain this rule with some examples. I don't see "not those ones you have" on the Google Books and Ngram, only &...
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"Are we required to attend any religious activity weekly?" Should the noun be singular or plural after "any”?

Is the sentence below correct? "Are we required to attend any religious activity weekly?” Is it correct to say “religious activity” or should it be plural, i.e. “religious activities”?
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"haven't a thing" or "haven't any thing (anything)"

When looking up the word "a" in a dictionary, I find this explanation. If the a here is equal to any, then what's the difference in meaning (or nuance) between: I simply haven't a thing to ...
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A singular verb comes after "any of [plural noun]", or a plural one?

In some English text it is said that we should use a singular verb in the following example: Any of the computers needs updating. However, it is said that in the following examples we should use ...
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some people/certain people

a. He had to use threats before some people would help him. b. He had to use threats before certain people would help him. I think in (a) nobody helped him before he used threats. In (b) it seems ...
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Can I use two “half” for emphasis?

Instead of “half of an apple is eaten” or “an apple is half eaten,” can I say, “half of an apple is half eaten”?
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"Between each": illogical construction

Page 112 of Garner's fourth edition reads ✳Between each and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects This phrasing is a peculiar brand of illogic, ✳between each house/speech, instead of, ...
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'Some' how to check its usage as a Determiner or as adjective of number

It is said that 'some' classifies as an adjective of number and it is also used as a determiner. 1- When 'some' is used as an adjective in a sentence, how do we check whether it's being used as an ...
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They each have two cars/cars

Situation 1: Jack has a car and Ryan has a car. a) They each have a car. b) They each have cars. Which is correct? Situation 2: Jack has two cars and Ryan has two cars. c) They each have two cars. d) ...
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Of all time or Of all times or Of all the time or Of all the times

1 Many people believe that she is among the top ten dancers of all times. 2 Many people believe that she is among the top ten dancers of all time. 3 I think it's the greatest song of all times. 4 I ...
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“Every” followed by plural

I’d like to know if it’s grammatically correct to use every in the following sentences: Every five steps forward are followed by ten steps back. Every few months of peace are followed by months of ...
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No article for noun + number?

I'd like to understand if there should always be no article before nouns followed by a number, like in the following examples: The train arrives at platform 5. The flight departs from gate 7. In my ...
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Is the "our" necessary in the following sentence?

Here is the sentence : This data is coherent with 'our' chemical intuition, because the exo form is less sterically hindered. I really feel like some determiner would be needed, like our would be ...
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Adjective ‘Half’ & past participle ‘halved’

When is adjective or determiner Half used and, when is past participle modifier halved used attributively?
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Does ‘half the half circle’ make sense?

Can ‘half the half circle’ be used instead of 1/4 circle? Or what should I say to express this? I guess a half half circle or half of a half circle?
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"the probability of" vs "a/an +adjective +probability"

when should we use "a/an" before the word and when should we use "the" because for example, we use: 1 there's a high probability not there is the high probability but we do say ...
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'which' refers to which one word?

It's a son of my friend which is twenty years old. In this sentence, which refers to which one, my friend or son? Is there any usual rule here? On the other hand, how can I do if I want to use which ...
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Should I use “so”, “such” or “such a” in this example?

Teo has been in the US for only three years, but his teachers say he has learned to speak perfect English in _____ short time because he's so happy at school. Firstly I use "such" following ...
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"What' and 'which' difference

Which one of the following sentence is grammatical? 1- What footballer has scored the most number of goals? 2- Which footballer has scored the most number of goals?
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"This will be displayed when the device is next switched on" or "It will be displayed when the device is next switched on"

When the device is switched off, the memory will store the mode that last appeared on the screen. This (It?) will be displayed when the device is next switched on. Which is better, this or it, in ...
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Why don't determiners modify nouns but predeterminer modify nouns

determiner (plural determiners) (grammar) A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it predeterminer (plural ...
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Why is "whatsoever" used here?

I've been into the use of "any" in positive sentences, and I crossed that this sense of "any" can also be used with "whatsoever" to add emphasis, such as: If you have ...
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Why is the determiner after the verb in "We were both tired" and "We have both seen the movie"?

There are two sentences to determiner below: We were both tired. We have both seen the movie. What I know is that the determiner is used in front of noun or pronoun, but the sentences of examples ...
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Use of “the” in between "most of ___ Earth's" [duplicate]

In this sentence : New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapser. Here the should be used or not between "...
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"The nation is holding breath"

In this question, The nation is holding its breath Can I just say " The nation is holding breath" (without its)? I am not sure when I have to use "its" Can someone explain to me?
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She doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. (with "any" and without)

Am I right that the first sentence is more common than the second one? As I understand, the first sentence has more emotional emphasis, isn't it? She doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. She doesn’...
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Is it OK to follow a possessive determiner by the word "such"?

A file whose filename ends with a date-and-time suffix that is separated by @ is a copy that is created to compare it later with the current version of the file and with other such copies of that file ...
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A possibility or The possibility in this sentence

What difference does 'a' and 'the' make to the two sentence below? There is a possibility that the source of water will be polluted There is the possibility that the source of water will be polluted
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Is a determiner, some or four, needed?

If there are 5 boys, 4 boys eat chicken, and 1 boy doesn't eat chicken, is saying just 'boys eat chicken' wrong?
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use of 'all' with a possessive adjective

What is the right way to use the determiner 'all' with a possessive adjective e.g. my, your, etc? What is placed first? all or P. Adj? A. His all habits were unique. B. All his habits were unique. Is ...
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How to use "a" or "any" in a question with "is / are there?"

Is there a difference in meaning and if so which one between: "Is there A teacher's desk in your classroom?" and "Is there ANY teacher's desk in your classroom?" and between: "...
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Determiner "(a) little" with singular countable words

Page 308 of Practical English Usage reads We use the determiner (a) little with singular (usually uncountable) words. What kind of singular countable words is it referring to?
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How to use "any" in a question with "have"?

In a class situation, with a student asking another for coloured pencils, what is the difference in meaning between: "Do you have coloured pencils?" and "Do you have ANY coloured ...
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Can something plural infer 'any' even though there's no 'any'?

If a saying 'cars are broken' is true, can it mean one car is broken as 'any/some cars are broken' is? Or should I use any/some?
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Order of consecutive determinatives

Is there any accepted order for different determiners? I read in an article that “determiners” come before adjectives, but what about different kinds of determiner? For example: The memory of Lilian’...
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"Both" for three items. Is it really impossible? Is there an alternative?

In Russian: По той причине, что мне нужен стиль и для обычного текста, и для текста внутри таблиц, и для сносок, использование стиля Text Body вводило бы в заблуждение. Here is how this passage ...
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Is there a rule to decide whether I should put a determiner before the countable noun "batch"?

I guess cardinal numbers can be used as determiners, like this example We looked at the job applications in two batches. which seems more natural than another variant We looked at the job ...
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"any of them" vs "either of them"

Aren't "any" and "either" both correct in no.89? We looked at two hotels on the internet and ……… of them would be great for a holiday. (a) all (b) every (c) either (d) any ...
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Has happened for the first time since/that our family has gone on vacation

It has happened for the first time in 4 years since our family has gone on vacation. It has happened for the first time in 4 years that our family has gone on vacation. I’m really confused between ...
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"it is a [noun]" or "this is a [noun]"

I ask my teacher is it right to say "it is a brain" or "this is a brain"? He answer me you can say both and I search google and found the same answer that both are correct. But I ...
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Response to ‘Where’s your luggage?’

-- Where’s your luggage? -- I haven’t got __________ A. One B. Some C. Any I thought the answers were A and C both, but it’s C. Why not A?

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