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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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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?

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 ...
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The difference between 'lots of' and 'a lot of'

I have a lot of pens I have lots of pens What is the difference? I do not see any difference but as per my teacher there is a difference which till date I am unable to understand
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one of the vs one of (without the)

When I talk about somebody's features, if I want to use his or her name, should I use "the" before his/her name with possession? please take notice of the fallowing sentences and let me know which one ...
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If you have any question(s)

What's the difference between the two following sentences? This site says any could also be used with singular nouns in if clauses when it means any kind of. Is it true? Are both following sentence ...
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“a book” vs “any books” vs “any book”

I have asked many questions regarding the usage of 'any'. Now I know in questions we use 'any' with plural nouns. Or we use indefinite article 'a/an'. But no grammar book says that 'any' with singular ...
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'Do you have books' vs 'Do you have any books' [duplicate]

Is it mandatory to use any in questions and negative sentences when using plural nouns? I have found a site that says it is not necessary. If I omit any will that be grammatical?  Here are some ...
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When can the determiner 'any' be omitted?

Can I omit any in the following sentence? If I do so, Do they sound natural and grammatical?  Yesterday I had my camera with me, but I did not take any photos. Many grammar books say it is not ...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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“be n-dimensional vector of variables” vs “be an n-dimensional vector of variables”

For the determiner in English, I learn that they are used in many different situations. For example, a is used before a noun. However, sometimes I misuse it. Therefore, I would like to understand it, ...
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Usage and omission of “any”

Can I omit any in the following sentences with uncountable nouns? Do they still sound natural without it? If philosophers were made presidents instead of politicians, there would not be (any) war. If ...
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Order of determiner in noun phrase

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Children ate the three remaining cookies. Children ate the remaining three cookies. In the sentences, the is article-determiner; three is ...
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many `a` in my sentence with purple

Suppose I have a set of numbers. Then, suppose further that I take a sample of this set. Which of my sentences is correct? and why? Let (0,2) be a sample from a set S of discrete numbers or Let (0,...
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Difference between “a” and “any”: “Can a/any bulletproof vest stop a bullet…?”

What is the difference between a and any in the following sentence? Can a bulletproof vest stop a bullet fired from an AK-47? Can any bulletproof vest stop a bullet fired from an AK-47? Does the ...
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If you have (any) questions

Do I need to use any in the following sentence? Does any change the meaning of the following sentence? If you have (any) questions on the subject, feel free to ask me. As an English speaker would ...
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'What' followed by 'which' [closed]

The present article is a brief report of observations and should not be taken as a comprehensive guideline for what conditions are deemed treatable by doctors and which are not. Your thoughts on ...
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Any student/student(s)

Are the following sentences correct? As an English speaker or an teacher would you prefer a singular noun or a plural noun after any in the following sentences? I admit I have asked many questions ...
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Determiners usage with phrases

Our life was fine until we experienced Rocky, the/a neighbour's dog that chases our cat. Are the determiners always necessary to govern the connection of the noun phrase with the rest of the sentence ...
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Singular or plural nouns after “if any”

Should I use singular or plural nouns with if any? If any contestant does not follow the rules, he/she will be expelled from the competition. If any contestants do not follow the rules, they will be ...
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Does An only come before apple [closed]

In some class, I had in elementary we learned I ate an apple. I drove a car. An only comes with apple everything other object takes A. Later on, I found this on google. He is an ...
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Usage of 'any' and its omission

I have a question regarding usage of any. My question is, can I omit any in cases like the following? I have a grammar book named 'Practical English Usage' written by Michael Swan that says "With an ...
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“percentage of students” vs . “percentage of the students”

Is it: International students represent no more than 15% of the students that select math as a major. Or International students represent no more than 15% of students that select math as a ...
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Why the writer is not using “a few” in place of “few” in the following sentence? [closed]

She is unfortunate enough to lose few friends she made during her stay in Chennai.
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Any or A/An in negative sentences?

I don't have any children. I don't have a child. What are the differences between them? Are there any circumstances that make them noninterchangeable??
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Should I use “another” or “other” in this sentence?

Here are the sentences: There’s no other words for it. There’s no another word for it. There’s no other word for it. I think the first sentence is right, the second is less preferred, ...