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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Use of the in between “most of ___ Earth's”

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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“with your not trusting yourself”

The following quoted sentence is a dialogue, spoken by a therapist to the male protagonist from the series 'The Affair'. These feelings you have for Alison (male protagonist’s wife) judging you, ...
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Why is there no article after “no” in “I have no car”

Examples. "I have no car", "I have no TV". BUT "I have not a car" There was a thread on it, but the answers were pretty superficial to say the least and only based on someone's opinion. I read a ...
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How many of vs How many

I want to know when I should use How many of... over How many... I have seen both of them, but don't know how the grammar works behind e.g.: How many of them do you know? How many languages do ...
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When do you use determiner “The” before a proper noun?

I've been translating some stories from my mother tongue (Spanish) to English, but I have struggled with certain titles, for example: La Siguanaba in English would be the Siguanaba. This is a unique ...
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Should we use 'of' when describing quantities with 'score' and 'dozen'?

There are two score of books which are lying unused in the library. Why is two score of books used instead of two score books? What is the difference between them? Similarly can we use five dozen ...
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Whose all efforts vs All whose efforts [closed]

He is a fortunate person whose all efforts succeed. He is a fortunate person all of whose efforts succeed. Which sentence is correct? My grammar book is saying second sentence is correct. But ...
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“the most active and energetic” or “the most active and most energetic”?

She is the most active and energetic social worker in our club. My grammar book is saying this is wrong and it should be: She is the most active and most energetic social worker in the club. ...
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Articles in English

I'm student of English Philology. I have a little specific problem from determiners. I don't know when I should use determined kind of determiners. For example in this sentence Our mayor is ...
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Determiners: anyone versus someone

Can anyone explain the difference between: "Can anyone answer me " and "Can someone answer me " ?
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How do you express your family, 'Smiths' or 'the Smiths'?

I want to express my family in English. As far as I did research, plural form of family name has that meaning. However, I do not fully understand how 'the' works here. Suppose the family name is ...
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How to use determiners after the coordinating conjunction AND?

I need to say: "Chinatown and Little Italy are the most colourful and liveliest neighbourhoods in New York City". I wonder if I must add the determiner THE before "liveliest".
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“the Eiffel Tower” or “Eiffel Tower”

I read Unit 78 of "English Grammar in Use, Raymond Murphy, 4th ED" last night. In "A" section of the unit it's stated: "Names of important public buildings and institutions (for example, airports, ...
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How to use “both”?

A father comes back home from a long journey. He addresses his children complimenting the two of them for having grown up so much. Will he say: "Look how you've grown up both of you!" or rather "Look ...
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Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country

This is a quote from Ambrose Bierce: Diplomacy: The patriotic art of lying for one's country. I was wondering is it okay to replace one's with the or a. All three are determiners. Does the ...
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“neither of whom” vs “none of whom”

Here is the sentence: Several prisoners escaped last night, none of whom/neither of whom has been caught so far. In my opinion, I'd use 'none of whom', since we are talking about several people ...

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