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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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Is a noun always preceded by a determiner?

I have studied a grammar rule that states that- A noun is always preceded by a determiner. So- Considering this 'John eats Mango' should be wrong. But I highly doubt it? Because what would I say if ...
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Half year, half years, half a year?

Which one is correct in English? Half year, half years, or half a year? Example sentences, where HY is one of the above: HY ago he had a job. After HY he finally found a job. Note, that half year ...
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Should "the" or no article be used in "is ___ principal of this school"?

Q. Mrs. Kanwal is ............ principal of this school. (1) no article (2) a (3) an (4) the Some people say that there should be "no article" before the noun "principal". They ...
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If I say "the men and women (without "the") are teachers", does "women" still refer to specific persons?

There are female teachers Mindy and Cindy and male teachers Michael and Nick. The men (Michael and Nick) and the women (Mindy and Cindy) are teachers. If I say "the men and women (without "...
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Does a plural noun that doesn't refer to a nonspecific or generic noun need to have a definite article?

For instance, "processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked" vs "the processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked". Do they have any differences?
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'One such+noun' vs 'such a/an + noun'

What's difference in meaning and usage of 'such a/an + noun' and 'One such + noun'?. For example:- I have never seen such an example of government turning its back on illegal activity.” Never before ...
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this/that with time expressions

"This" can refer to situations and events which are going on or just about to start. "That" can refer to situations and events which have just finished, or which are more distant ...
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What is the functional structure of "My friend is a brilliant student"?

My friend is a brilliant student. Here which will be the functional structure? Subject+predicator+complement. Or Determiner+subject+predictor+determiner+complement. If neither of these, please give ...
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"Any viable options" instead of "any viable option"

I used ChatGPT and I was surprised that it generated the sentence: If there are any viable options, we should carefully weigh each one before making a decision. Shouldn't it be always singular when ...
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"no" vs "not any"

Is there any difference between the following sentences (e.g. in emphasis), or are they effectively interchangeable? Example 1: We found no differences between their reports. We did not find any ...
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What is a English noun without determiner?

I read a sentence today: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) uses a retransmission timer to ensure data delivery in the absence of any feedback from the remote data receiver. I saw in the ... of ...
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Can both "a" and "the" be used in "He is a/the man who..."?

He is a man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. He is the man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. While (2) means a man saw me at the airport and he is that man, my friend and I ...
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Is it right that common nouns after "the whole" are countable and after "the whole of the" are uncountable?

Trying to understand when I need to use "the whole" before common nouns and when "the whole of the", I came across the following rule on wordreference.com: If a singular common ...
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At no point vs. At any point

I wanted to know the difference between the following sentences and if they are both correct to use. At no point was I told what the job involved. At any point I wasn't told what the job involved.
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Common noun and article, determiners

Should we use articles and determiners before a singular-count common noun all the time? Are there exceptions? For example: A teacher plays an important role. but why fish lives in water?
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correct usage of "to the maximum" or "to its maximum"

I have a lot of trouble trying to figure the correct determiner for "maximum". (1a) The attendance at the workshop reached the maximum. (1b) The attendance at the workshop reached its ...
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When determiners are used after adjectives? [duplicate]

Here is a sentence from my polity book, The Parliament is too unwieldy a body to deliberate effectively the issues that come up before it. In this sentence 'unwieldy' is an adjective and it should ...
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Is "the" needed or not, and why? [duplicate]

Feedback loops between poverty and illness put a strain on public healthcare systems. The feedback loops between poverty and illness put a strain on public healthcare systems. I would like to know ...
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Is 'own' in the phrase 'of my own' a pronoun or determiner?

“ I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent ...
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Should I use each or every, AND WHY?

If I were to say... [Each / Every] individual decision in life must be carefully assessed. ...would I have to use each or every, AND WHY? According to the answers in Each versus every (again...), ...
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What is the correct determiner with this expression?

I would like to know which structure is correct and why: A. Differences of opinion among political parties strengthen the health of democracies. B. The differences of opinion among political parties ...
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Would you use "the" in "(the) division of opinions"?

The division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations. Division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations. I don't know if "the&...
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"none of the language" -- "none of" with an abstract noun

" I spoke little to none of the language" Can we use none of with an abstract noun? Found it here: https://greenhearttravel.org/blog/high-school-abroad/6-reasons-why-traveling-abroad-is-...
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Should it be "an appearance" or "any appearance"?

"It's the first time I'm doing any appearance as a person that stars in the Lion King." Should it be "first time doing an appearance" or "first time doing any appearance"...
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"Whatever" as a determiner

At school, I did a Chinese-English translation assignment and translated one of the sentences into English as follows: He is always willing to take on whatever task assigned to him. And my teacher ...
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two "that" in a row

In the Online Etymology Dictionary, the meaning of the word "contingency" is like this: the possibility that that which happens might not have happened My question is that why did two &...
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doing [determiner] grocery shopping

Pedagogical materials commonly advise adding a determiner or quantity word to "do [the/one's/some] Ving." However, in the following passage, "doing grocery shopping" does not have ...
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Is 'two' a noun?

I've been taught that 'number words' are names for numbers, this implies they should be considered nouns, how come we can have phrases like: 'Two apples' 'One person' 'There are two of them' Where '...
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Confused by how to describe amounts and numbers

I've seen 'quantity' used synonymously with amount, but I'm confused with how we 'describe' it. For example: 'John is one man' 'Two men is a larger amount than one man' Or 'My collection is four coins'...
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Should I use "a" or "one"?

I am really struggling to understand if I should use "a" or "one" in the below example. This is derived from another thread that became too confusing with the wrong examples. Thank ...
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'a' versus 'one'

Should "a" or "one" be used in the below examples, and why? An atomic reaction in a reactor causes atomic reactions in all the other reactors. An atomic reaction in one reactor ...
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"All" vs. "All the" vs. "All of the"

Which of these 3 alternatives would you use and why? All computers in the world form a connected network. All the computers in the world form a connected network. All of the computers in the world ...
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Why is there no determiner before 'defender' in 'the role of defender'?

Just worked with Collins Dictionary and found this phrase: He often chose to take the role of defender in the expectation of launching a successful counterattack. Why is there no article before '...
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Is an article determained by the possessive 's?

Today I came across the following sentence: AI's decision-making process is usually too difficult for most people to comprehend. It seemed weird to me because I thought that the word process ...
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Each versus every (again...)

I know that there are tons of threads on "each" vs. "every" in this site and grammar sites. I have already gone through many of them. However, I still cannot come up with an answer ...
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the company vs your company

Is it wrong to say "we can help you build the company"? I understand that it makes more sense to say "we can help you build your company", but is it grammatically wrong to use the ...
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No; not any; not a;

Good morning, people. I know there are some related posts, but they don't answer my many questions. All ELL and other forum links are purple. Believe me, hahaha. 1 - In questions/negative questions, ...
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Why can I use 'another' in this sentence?

I'm translating the next sentence I got other of those calls yesterday However I've found that the correct answer is this I got another of those calls yesterday I understand that I can use "...
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Is it possible to use quantifiers with proper nouns?

As far as I know, we always use quantifiers before nouns. From this I would like to know if the following constructions, with PROPER NOUNS, sound grammatically correct. If not, an explanation is most ...
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Determinative or pronoun

Surely it should be obvious to the dimmest executive that trust, that most valuable of economic assets, is easily destroyed and hugely expensive to restore—and that few things are more likely to ...
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"both per " or "each per"?

If one object costs both of another object, it makes sense to say both X per Y. If an object costs each of two other objects, then does each X per Y mean that it costs one of the other two or does it ...
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Can "another" be preceded by "what" as in "What another factor will affect the rollout of the product?"

I've recently seen this question in an English textbook. (One of the only two factors is........) What another factor will affect the rollout of the product? This struck me as awkwardly sounding ...
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"no + singular noun" vs. "not any + singular noun"

It seems to me that when 'any' is used for indefinite quantities, it must be followed by plural nouns or uncountable nouns. However, In the following sentences, which I found in a grammar book, each '...
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One ... Another .... Neither

Does the following work? One of his friends is from Japan, and another from France. Neither can speak German.
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”Five is less / fewer than seven”: which one is correct?

Five is less than seven. Five is fewer than seven. Which one is correct and why?
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I am confused about the correct use of "what" in this sentence

Is the sentence below a correct sentence? If so, what kind of a sentence is this, and what is the role of the word "what" in this sentence? Is this sentence supposed to be an exclamatory ...
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The uses, the context, the kind of noun?

The Little, Brown Handbook 9ed, section 16h says 1. Use a, an, and the where they are required. ... 2. Use other determiners appropriately. The uses of English determiners besides articles also ...
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do [the/some] online banking vs. do [the/some] grocery shopping

In the following phrases, is it optional to include the bracketed part? do [the/some] online banking do [the/some] grocery shopping
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Question about a determiner

This sort of problem is quite common. This kind of exercise is very popular. In the above sentences, the expressions kind of and sort of are used. I'm not sure whether those are the subjects of the ...
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Must I use "my" when referring to my own bodypart or can I use "the" without technically breaking any rules?

I'm currently trying to understand if the following sentence breaks any rules: I grab this hair band first thing in the morning to make sure that I don't have my hair on the forehead and nothing is ...
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