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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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Why no article?

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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into near darkness

This sentence is from a medieval fantasy book, Cold Iron by Miles Cameron: He rode down a farm lane and well around the soldiers, and emerged on the turnpike into near darkness. I was ...
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Can 'whole' be used as an adverb?

It rained the whole week except on Sunday. In this question is the word 'whole' an adverb? Or since the word 'week' is a noun, will it become a determiner?
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Use of 'less' with countable nouns

Supposing that, a player is supposed to spend 60 minutes in a training session. He spends 57 minutes. We say: You have spent less minutes. Is it right? I feel it is not, since 'less' modifies 'an ...
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Why is “Don't do such stupid things” unnatural? [closed]

I talked to two native speakers of English, and they did not say anything was wrong with the following sentence: Don't do stupid shit. But they said that the following sentence is not ...
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Determiner order in sentence

I am getting stuck order of determiner to be placed in the sentence. Sharing few examples. Four-times the cost; Determiner “four-times” and “the”, there is no of between them. Three-quarter of the ...
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Does it feel natural to use 'several' to mean starting from 'two'? Can 'several' be 'two'?

My question is based on this post: Using 'several' and 'some' Anyway, my question is this: Does it feel natural for native speakers to use several to mean starting from two? Do you ...
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Every single day and every few days

I have come across the following two sentences from Michael Swan's practical English usage 1 I meet my mother every single day 2 I meet my friends every few days what is the use of single in the ...
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“Destroy target creature.” => why no determiner here?

I've checked all the similar cards, and they say all like "destroy target card", not "destroy a target card". Why is that so?
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Particular question about “of which”

Do you have the forms of which I speak in order to make this renewal official? In this sentence , why "of which" is used and why? This sentence appears in Smosh video. The link is https://www....
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Move “across town” or “across the town”

He moved across town to stay with his father. Why don't we use "a" or "the" in these situations. As: He moved across the town to stay with his father.
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The Meaning and the structure of grammar of a sentence which includes Whatever

They cannot make a man wise or foolish; they achieve whatever luck would have it. I understand the former but don't the latter which is italic. I think whatever can be replaced with any or what but ...
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Is “more of such examples” correct? [closed]

Let us assume that in a text we bring an example. And we want to bring more similar examples. Is this statement grammatically correct? There are more of such examples How about the following: ...
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should I use a determiner before this nominalised adjective?

Is it preferable to say referring to Gulliver "You're a giant in the land of small" or "you're a giant in the land of the small" or "you're a giant in the land of (the) small people"?
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Using “the” before a nominalised adjective “small”

Instead of putting: You're a giant in the land of small people could I say: You're a giant in the land of small (referring to the Lilliputians in Gulliver's travels?) Or should I use “the” ...
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All used before

In the following sentence I am vexed at him for what all he has done for him till date.  I think the above sentence is wrong because all(determiner) is placed before numbers, my, your etc And ...
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Can I try this on in size 5 vs in a size 5

Supposing you were in a shoe shop and wanted to try a pair of shoes, would you say Can I try them on in size 5? Can I try them on in the size 5? Can I try them on in a size 5? Or maybe.. can I try ...
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Should we have to repeat the possessive determiner in a list?

Is it better to put: Snow white was so pretty with her blood-red lips, her fair skin and her black hair. or Snow White was so pretty with her blood-red lips, fair skin and black hair.
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How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether?

How to determine whether I need to use an article before a noun? Can I skip using a, an or the altogether? This doubt has arisen because grammarly points out many a times to me to use determiner ...
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“A music” -> how should I fix it?

This is the book I used. This is a book I used. This is the music I listened to. This is a music I listened to. 1 and 2 are implying that the book and the music were mentioned before at ...
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dickens: some of its noisiest authorities insisted on **its being received**

in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. i ...
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Is there a rule that prohibits us from using 2 possessives in a row?

An English teacher made a comment on my usage of the phrase, "Our last week's meeting", saying that it should be, "last week's meeting", is there a rule for this?
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“Whose three interior angles each measure” or “measures”?

I get stuck by this sentence: Equilateral triangle: A triangle whose three sides are all equal in length and whose three interior angles each measure 60°. Is measure in this sentence a verb or a ...
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Can “a” be removed in the follow case (noun + adjective + adjective)?

Grammaly told me that the "a" in the following sentence is unnecessary and it suggested I remove it: The surface of the guitar was (a) gleaming white. Is Grammaly correct? Why or why not? Note: ...
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In NP do we use “the” after “between”?

Which example is correct? The gaps between platform and train are dangerous. or The gaps between the platform and train are dangerous.
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Using much before adjectives?

Can I use "much" before any adjective in the meaning of "very" ? I'm not much good at knitting I'm very much aware of the problem. (Cambridge Dictionary) If this sentences above are ...
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My every word or Every my word [closed]

Which is correct: 1) My every word 2) Every my word ?
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Using “their” or “its” when referring to an inanimate object

I'm a bit confused on the usage of "their" and "its". For example, if I had the following phrase: Each of these programs had ______ code reviewed by an expert. Will I use "their code" or "its code"...
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You are a failure of (a) human. -> why 'a'?

You are a failure of human. You are a failure of a human. Well, first, is putting 'a' in there grammatical? If so, what's the difference from when there's no 'a' there?
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Which noun does a DETERMINER follow in cases like “this/these”+“year's crops”?

Which of the following are correct and why are they and others aren't? This year's crops are much better. These year's crops are much better. This employees' boss is much better. These employees' ...
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Once you become a father, playing [ a / the ] super dad comes naturally

Is there any difference in between those? I feel sometimes there's a hard thing to catch when people say somethings like Don't play [ a / the ] fool. also. Is it just you use 'the' when you ...
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much - very much, many - very many?

In case of uncountables, the large amount expressed by much like in much water, much money, much sand can be increased by prepending very like in very much water, very much money, very much ...
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The whole vs all

Does the whole summer and all summer have the same meanings? I spent the whole/all summer in the village.
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“Such plea” “such waiver”: ungrammatical legal jargon?

I have encountered the noun phrase "such plea" in a lot of legal texts. Examples: In federal courts, such plea may be accepted as long as there is evidence that the defendant is actually guilty. ...
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Usage of ‘very’ before ‘many’?

I came across the following sentence in which ‘very’ is used before ‘many’. When do we use ‘very’ before ‘many’? Very many people have complained about the situation.
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“a great many processes”

Yet a great many processes depending on such research are sought for with complete secrecy until the stage at which patents can be taken out. (J.D. Bernal "Secrecy in Industry," in L.G. Alexander, New ...
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Can “few” be used as a subject? If so, what is the rule?

I took a test with the following question: __________has changed at work since the last employee survey was carried out. a. Little b. Some c. Few. Now, I know that the correct answer is ...
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“all” vs “all of”

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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How to describe a definite one of Picasso's paintings as well as an indefinite one of them?

I'm sure there are many, many paintings drawn by Pablo Picasso. How do you refer to one of those paintings? First, here's what I know is a correct way of doing so: a. I saw a Picasso at a museum. ...
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A problem regarding determiners as the object

In an editorial I found a sentence. It notes that East and South Asia have the highest number of deaths due to air pollution; by one estimate, it killed about 1.24 million in India in 2017. Here ...
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When to use determiners after a preposition?

As far as I know, while using a countable noun you should put a determiner before the countable noun. But some examples confused me. A type of metal button ("button" is a countable noun) A ...
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Correct place for determiner both

What is the difference among the following three sentences? Both Apple and Google must remove the app.Apple and Google both must remove the app. Apple and Google must both remove the app. To ...
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What part of speech are “answer” and “enough” in this sentence?

Sirius suggested once, without any real conviction, that they all go to bed, but the Weasleys' looks of disgust were answer enough. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I don't understand ...
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Between “the” and “firefighter” which one do you native speakers think of firstly when you say “the firefighter”?

"The firefighter saved a kid from the fire." I've just learnt a sort of curious notion. Generally, it is said that 'the firefighter' is a noun phrase "NP". But, somaone said that's a determinative ...
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Can 'singer' be used as an uncount noun?

Singer Mizuki Nana and her sister took viewers by surprise with their voracious eating of roasted duck. Macmillan learner's dictionary says 'singer' is a count noun. Might I trouble you to tell me ...
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“I want four more” or “I want more four”?

What's the natural order in the following sentence? Where should I put the word "more" in the following sentences? My friend told me that we have already 4 oranges. I want to tell him that: Okay,...
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In “Carl's brother” is “Carl's” an adjective?

I'm looking at an elementary school grammar book for my daughter which says: A word that tells which about a noun is an adjective. A word that tells whose about a noun is also an adjective. ...
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little hope means no hope? [closed]

I know little or few means almost none or not as much as may be expected. What is the meaning of the following sentence: I have little hope. Does it mean no hope?
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Is it “a historical account” or “an historical account”?

I saw both of them on various books, so are both valid? Or is it just that 50% of the people are wrong? I know it's "a universe", but I still have trouble with it. Is there a website that tells you ...
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difference between “not a” and “not any”

Do both not a and not any sound natural In the following context? Are they both correct? Parliament elections in india are near. Today an opinion poll was held that says Abc party will win 250 ...