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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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"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 APPEREANCE" OR "ANY APPEREANCE"?

"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 apperance". ...
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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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What is correct, "a club day" or "the club day"?

Do you know if Monday is a/the club day? Should I use a or the? Club days are days when we do our club activities. As Monday is usually not a/the club day but the next one will be the early May bank ...
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Repetition of determiner "this"

I came across these sentences here and I wondered if it is OK to repeat the determiner "this". It sounded a little awkward to me. If you decide to complete an application for coverage in ...
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What’s the head of a determiner phrase with more than one determiner?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Determiner_phrase “My sons” If it’s a noun phrase, the head is “sons”. If it’s a determiner phrase, the head is “my”. “All my sons” If it’s a noun phrase, the head is ...
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"From which to" how should I interpret this?

The full sentence is this: Instead of creating a mathematical model from which to predict performance, the workload can be characterized, simulated, and then tested on clouds of different scales. ...
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Do you need the determiner "the" for a name of place?

This is something weird. Example: I go to the city. Yesterday, I went to New York City. You can see from the examples that when the city has a name, it doesn't use the word "the." But is ...
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Why doesn't "autism spectrum disorder" require an indefinite article?

Example sentence: He may have a personality disorder, a depressive disorder, or autism spectrum disorder. Why is that personality disorder and depressive disorder requires an a but not autism ...
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Do we omit "the" and use "that/those" when referring specific events?

Suppose today is Wednesday. I saw 3 concerts consecutively in 3 days in the past with the detail is as follows: I saw the first concert on Sunday, the second was on Monday, and the last concert I saw ...
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Do we say "most of + possessive + a noun"?

Someone asked the grammaticality of this sentence in our group: I liked the most our trip to Scotland. Someone has tried to help. He wrote that the sentence could be fine if they removed "the&...
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The brother of ___ is a doctor

We can say 'A brother of mine is a doctor.' The more common way of saying is 'One of my brothers is a doctor.' But in a case where a listener knows my brother or I have only one brother. Should we ...
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Whaf does 'much' in this sentence convey?

"He smiled at the idea of holding negotiations with the woman who had much the nicer hair". What does 'much' in this sentence convey ?
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Why isn't the noun plural in “there must be some mistake”?

I'm learning English dialogue according to EnglishPod. There is a sentence: But there must be some mistake; my reservation was for a standard room. Why isn't the plural form of "mistake" ...
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How to differentiate "this" and "that" to mean "so"?

I'm confused about differentiating these "this" and "that" when they're used to mean "so". E.g. Can you tell me why you're this angry? Can you tell me why you're that ...
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How do I use "both" with someone who is a doctor and professor?

I would like to know if a person is a doctor and a professor, how should I address that person in writing? “Doctor and Professor” “Doctor/Professor” Can I use “both” to say what their professions ...
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that cousin of Jane

a. That cousin of Jane who is a doctor was at the party. (That cousin, not the other cousin or cousins. That specific one) b. That door of the house that faces east was damaged. (That door, not the ...
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Too much kit, or too many kits?

Kit as a set of tools is a countable noun (Longman), yet I've seen somewhere the following sentence: one can never have too much kit or too many bikes! and I'm thinking whether it's a mistake? ...
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Use of determiner THE with a plural noun

Is it more appropriate to say or write: "Canadian provinces and territories are much larger than American states." Or "THE Canadian provinces and territories are much larger than THE ...
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"more profitable than that" vs "more profitable than that one" [closed]

This company is more profitable than that. This company is more profitable than that one. Are both sentences natural, or only the second one?
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Generalizing with the: the child and the children

Schools should concentrate more on the child and less on exams. Schools should concentrate more on the children and less on exams. I have been told that those two sentences above are correct. Could ...
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Is addressing a neutral noun feminine grammatical?

I found this excerpt from Oxford Grammar Course: In modern English, countries are most often it(s), though she/her is also common. Canada has decided to increase its/her trade with Russia. Is the ...
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Can an adjective precede a determiner? [closed]

Start browsing our collection of officially licensed the Beatles merchandise. For my job, I am required to write about various types of products. Recently, while I was writing about band merchandise, ...
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"Look at the pictures" or "Look at these pictures"?

One exercise in my English Grammar book asks to describe the picture, as shown in the following picture: Since "pictures" are plural, I think it would be better to use "these" ...
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"some customers" referring to a particular group of people

I am wondering if "some customers" can refer to a specific group of people at the restaurant in the following context. Does it need to be changed into "Some of the customers" or &...
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