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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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“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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“The” vs “all the” with a relative clause

I watched a documentary about Australia and then wrote about it. So I wrote: In the video, they speak about all the landscapes and animals that you can see in Australia. Is that correct? Or ...
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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, ...
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Difference between we all and we are all

What is the difference between the given two sentences? We all are teenagers. We are all teenagers.
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How many are you guys? or How many people are you guys? which one is correct?

When I ask "How many are you guys?" or "How many people are you guys?", Which one is correct? I am confused. Can anyone let me know? Thank you for help!
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Determiner all + uncountable noun - which of the following sentences is correct?

All water has been filtered. or All water have been filtered. ? I've already searched about this especially in youtube. From what I learned, if it's an uncountable noun after determiner all, it ...
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“A” Vs “The” Vs “It” Vs “One” Vs “Any” [duplicate]

In the following example, should I use a, any, the, it, or one? Yesterday my friend told me someone had parked a truck in our playground but when I reached there I did not see a truck/it/any trucks/...
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Can the indefinite article be omitted in this sentence?

Consider The variables show low correlation. vs The variables show a low correlation. Is one version simply wrong? Is one more idiomatic than the other?
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When to omit determiners in a list

Because of execution time, cost, and expected outcome, we do not pursue these experiments further. or Because of the execution time, the cost, and the expected outcome, we do not pursue these ...
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is neithr pronoun or determiner

Is neither pronoun or determiner in this sentence? (its exemplified as pronoun, but is it replaceable by noun phrase?) neither of the boys sent in his report. Official Guide to the Toefl Ibt ...
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some other reason vs some reason, is the meaning the same?

I would like to know whether the following sentences convey the very same meaning ("strong some"): There must be some reason/way. There must be some other reason/way. I mean, the first one is ...
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Such + [the] + adj + noun

Consider a sentence like The method does not need the extra parameter. Now, assume that we want to add "such" to the sentence. What will the result be? The method does not need such the extra ...
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Can I say “This your pen is beautiful”?

I knew sentences like "Is this your pen?", "This pen is yours", "Your pen is beautiful", but I don't see sentences like "This your pen is beautiful". Can I say that?
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Can “some feature” be correct?

His right hand, which he often raised to point at some feature or other, was knotted and twisted, and when I gazed at it, set against Harvard’s antediluvian steeples and columns, it seemed to me ...
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a little or a few with 'more'

I have a doubt on this sentence: "There are a little more than fifty branches of this bank." The doubt is because of 'a little' that I am using with a countable noun. I feel it has to be: There are a ...
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What's the function of “a” in “a mere three years later”?

The Supreme Court overruled this decision a mere three years later. (source: Wikipedia) Is using an indefinite article "a" to determine three years grammatical? If so, why? Also, is a used here as ...
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Usage of “A” and plural nouns without “any”

Can anyone please tell me if the following sentence sounds right. And have I used the article a correctly? Can I used the plural form photo without any? John: Hey Subha, did you post photos on ...
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Which one would you choose? “This book” VS “That book” / “These topics” VS “Those topics”

I am aware of the difference between This and that These and those It's easy for me to distinguish which one to use when I talk to someone but I am having a trouble with choosing the right one in ...
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not by all or not by any

ABC is a communal obligation that, if, is not discharged by all, then every individual stands criminal. Here what do we infer by not discharged by all? Some have done it and some haven't. OR ...
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Usage and omission of “any” with a plural noun in a negative sentence

Is it grammatically necessary to use any in the following sentence? Can I omit any in exams and formal writings in similar sentences and contexts? Yesterday was mothers' day but I did not post (any)...
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What is the correct way of using “until” + a finished action

Wait until bundle is finished or Wait until bundle finished Are those are similar sentences or one of them is grammatically wrong?
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Can “the” be used once for a list of things instead of for each of them?

Consider a sentence like: We also exploit the inappropriate relevants, the inappropriate searches, the inappropriate queries, and the publication-date-based filtering heuristics. Can we summarize ...
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“Never attribute to malice THAT WHICH is adequately explained by stupidity”

The following sentence is part of a famous saying called Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity I'm confused by the "that which". Why do you need ...
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in/at [the] implementation

In the sentence "This can be mitigated at/in [the] implementation by using", should I use at or in? Also, should I put a "the" there? What I mean by this sentence is that when someone wants to ...
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We call this assumption [the] good function assumption

Should I put the "the" in this sentence? We call this assumption [the] good function assumption hereafter.
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Usage of the determiner 'the' within a sentence for two subsequent objects

Please consider the following sentence with a particular emphasis on the determiner, the: Have you locked the door and the cellar? Could you please advice novices (like myself) whether the usage of ...
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Rule to omit who/which

I have these sentences which confused me. I get the meaning but quite do not understand the grammar rule. What is the rule to omit who/ which in these sentences? A girl who had a sweet voice. &...
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Determiner before the word - Demand

They received a final demand for payment. The goverment is unlikely to agree to the rebel’s demands for independence. These sentences are from cambridge dictionary. In the second sentence, ...
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Using “That” or “This” at the begining of a sentence

I often have problems to choose the right determiner when a sentence should start with That or This. I know the rules when we are talking about physical things but as a non-native, I have a hard time ...
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Demonstrative 'that' + indefinite pronoun 'someone'

Is it grammatically sound to refer back to the unspecific pronoun 'someone' via the use of 'that' before it? For example: I heard someone gave it to him as a present. That someone must have been ...
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Is “all” a determinative here?

This all started in 1965. Is 'all' a determinative here or an adverb?
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Can “whose” refer to things? [duplicate]

Is it entirely correct to use the adjective 'whose' when the grammatical subject is not a person but a thing? For instance, The first poem whose publication he ever sanctioned
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Missing a determiner before countable noun - Sign

At the following page of Cambridge dictionary is the sentence: There was no sign of life in the building. Why is this sentence without a determiner before sign since the word is countable? This ...
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When can we omit the preposition “of” in such cases?

I'm struggling to understand when we can omit the preposition "of" in cases when we use determiners in English (distributives and quantifiers). I mean we all know that both "half the students were ...
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Difference between “a” and “any”

what is difference between the two following sentences? And which one is grammatical? 1- If there is a car in the garden, it will be towed away. 2- If there is any  car in the garden, it will be ...