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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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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Why is it incorrect to say: 'I am surprised that how much money they want to pay him'?

I was looking at prepositions with my student, and they asked why the sentence: 'I am surprised that how much money they want to pay him.' is incorrect. As a native speaker I know that it would be ...
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Why do we drop the “the” in “first place”?

Apparently it's technically correct to say "He won the first place" (or so people tell me), but that sounds odd to me. I'm more familiar with hearing "He won first place". Is there ...
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What is the difference between “any” and “a/an”?

I have a sentence There isn’t ------ egg on the table. Should the gap have any or an? What's the difference?
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“My this/that book” vs “this/that book of mine”

I would like to make a sentence like "my that book". For example, if my friend asks me that he wants to take my (that) book and I want to tell him that he can take it. How do I say? My that ...
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Noun + number and determiner (page 5, line 2, …)

When a noun is followed by a number (a numbered noun) do we need an article before it? e.g. page 5 vs the page 5. What is the grammatical term for such groups? I read about other types of numerical ...
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Using “a” or plural?

I have written a plugin that only works if the website is displaying a record page, any record page. I have the feeling that the first version emphasis "works on all" and the second is ...
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use the word “life” without any determiner

In an English classroom, the teacher might explain a word to the students like this You would use that at work or in your personal life. When the word in question is explained in a book, which means ...
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Is it complete to say “I'm happy to hear”?

Ngram Viewer shows that the sum of all the major possibilities of "I'm happy to hear ..." is still less than "I'm happy to hear." by "major" I mean equal or greater than ...
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“All the water” VS “All water”

I am a bit confused as to the difference - some use the definite article, some do not: -All water on Earth will evaporate in a billion years. -Not all water is composed of the same substances. -All ...
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Difference between all, all of, each

What is the difference in the following three sentences regarding usage of the determiner? The right to work implies the obligation on the part of the government to give a job to all the unemployed. ...
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Which form(s) are correct between “in case of a war” and “in case of war”?

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: "in case of a war" "in case of war" Examples of use: "In case of war the economy will collapse." "He ...
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“I bought apples.” vs “I bought some apples.”

"I bought apples." vs "I bought some apples." Is the first sentence grammatical? If yes, is there any difference in meaning between the two? Somehow I feel that if I am asked "...
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“Once every second” vs. “Once per second” vs. “Once each second. ”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Once every second Once per second Once each second Example of use: You may only do something once per second.
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scarcely leaving me any/the room

I'd like to know whether "the" or "any" should be used in the following: The porky fellow came into the cubicle, scarcely leaving me any/the room in which I was standing. I'd appreciate your help.
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In “Sort the extensions by **the** date of **the** last extension update.”, are the two last “the” optional?

In "Sort the extensions by the date of the last extension update.", are the two last "the" optional? In other words, should one say Sort the extensions by date of last extension update. or ...
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Do you want a/one sandwich?

I took an online English test, where a question was as follows: Do you want ___ sandwich or two? a) a b) one I chose option "a" but it was incorrect. We usually say "do you want a ...
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“which teacher” vs. “what teacher”

There is an online English class room which has an increasing number of teachers, most of whom I don't know at all. I have to book a room by time, e.g. 8 pm Wednesday, to attend class. I don't know ...

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