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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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Should "the" or no article be used in "is ___ principal of this school"?

Q. Mrs. Kanwal is ............ principal of this school. (1) no article (2) a (3) an (4) the Some people say that there should be "no article" before the noun "principal". They ...
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"a single" vs "one single"

School dissertations typically revolve around a single idea. School dissertations typically revolve around one single idea. Should we use "a single" or "one single", and why?
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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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Singular or plural nouns after "No"

Which of the follows sentences sounds natural to you as an English speaker? Are both the sentences correct? And should I use plural or singular nouns after "no"? Here are the sentences: No man is ...
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Should "this" be replace by "it"?

I remember I learned somewhere that when using "this" again, better change to "it"? But why does the book use "this" in the second question? Is the book wrong or what I ...
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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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your many books, Those some people - can we use determiners this way?

I have your many books. I have many books of yours. Those some people are about to come. Some of those people are about to come. I know that the 2nd version of each example is correct but I don't ...
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Repeating "a" in a sentence?

Which of the following sentences is correct? I saw a dog and a cat on the road I saw a dog and cat on the road I.e. is it ok for me to omit the second "a" in the sentence, or must I repeat ...
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If I say "the men and women (without "the") are teachers", does "women" still refer to specific persons?

There are female teachers Mindy and Cindy and male teachers Michael and Nick. The men (Michael and Nick) and the women (Mindy and Cindy) are teachers. If I say "the men and women (without "...
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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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Is a noun always preceded by a determiner?

I have studied a grammar rule that states that- A noun is always preceded by a determiner. So- Considering this 'John eats Mango' should be wrong. But I highly doubt it? Because what would I say if ...
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Would you use "the" in "(the) division of opinions"?

The division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations. Division of opinions among political parties is good for democracy in new nations. I don't know if "the&...
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Half year, half years, half a year?

Which one is correct in English? Half year, half years, or half a year? Example sentences, where HY is one of the above: HY ago he had a job. After HY he finally found a job. Note, that half year ...
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Is it right that common nouns after "the whole" are countable and after "the whole of the" are uncountable?

Trying to understand when I need to use "the whole" before common nouns and when "the whole of the", I came across the following rule on wordreference.com: If a singular common ...
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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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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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Does a plural noun that doesn't refer to a nonspecific or generic noun need to have a definite article?

For instance, "processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked" vs "the processes that wish to use a resource will be blocked". Do they have any differences?
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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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'One such+noun' vs 'such a/an + noun'

What's difference in meaning and usage of 'such a/an + noun' and 'One such + noun'?. For example:- I have never seen such an example of government turning its back on illegal activity.” Never before ...
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this/that with time expressions

"This" can refer to situations and events which are going on or just about to start. "That" can refer to situations and events which have just finished, or which are more distant ...
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What is the functional structure of "My friend is a brilliant student"?

My friend is a brilliant student. Here which will be the functional structure? Subject+predicator+complement. Or Determiner+subject+predictor+determiner+complement. If neither of these, please give ...
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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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Should it be "an appearance" or "any appearance"?

"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 appearance"...
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"Any viable options" instead of "any viable option"

I used ChatGPT and I was surprised that it generated the sentence: If there are any viable options, we should carefully weigh each one before making a decision. Shouldn't it be always singular when ...
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"no" vs "not any"

Is there any difference between the following sentences (e.g. in emphasis), or are they effectively interchangeable? Example 1: We found no differences between their reports. We did not find any ...
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What is a English noun without determiner?

I read a sentence today: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) uses a retransmission timer to ensure data delivery in the absence of any feedback from the remote data receiver. I saw in the ... of ...
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Can both "a" and "the" be used in "He is a/the man who..."?

He is a man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. He is the man who went to see me at the airport yesterday. While (2) means a man saw me at the airport and he is that man, my friend and I ...
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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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At no point vs. At any point

I wanted to know the difference between the following sentences and if they are both correct to use. At no point was I told what the job involved. At any point I wasn't told what the job involved.
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Is 'own' in the phrase 'of my own' a pronoun or determiner?

“ I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent ...
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Common noun and article, determiners

Should we use articles and determiners before a singular-count common noun all the time? Are there exceptions? For example: A teacher plays an important role. but why fish lives in water?
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correct usage of "to the maximum" or "to its maximum"

I have a lot of trouble trying to figure the correct determiner for "maximum". (1a) The attendance at the workshop reached the maximum. (1b) The attendance at the workshop reached its ...
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When determiners are used after adjectives? [duplicate]

Here is a sentence from my polity book, The Parliament is too unwieldy a body to deliberate effectively the issues that come up before it. In this sentence 'unwieldy' is an adjective and it should ...
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Is "the" needed or not, and why? [duplicate]

Feedback loops between poverty and illness put a strain on public healthcare systems. The feedback loops between poverty and illness put a strain on public healthcare systems. I would like to know ...
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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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Should I use each or every, AND WHY?

If I were to say... [Each / Every] individual decision in life must be carefully assessed. ...would I have to use each or every, AND WHY? According to the answers in Each versus every (again...), ...
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What is the correct determiner with this expression?

I would like to know which structure is correct and why: A. Differences of opinion among political parties strengthen the health of democracies. B. The differences of opinion among political parties ...
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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 ...
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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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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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"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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"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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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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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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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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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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