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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"What' and 'which' difference

Which one of the following sentence is grammatical? 1- What footballer has scored the most number of goals? 2- Which footballer has scored the most number of goals?
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Children/some children can be very cruel to each other [closed]

Is there any difference between: a) Children can be very cruel to each other. and b) Some children can be very cruel to each other.
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Can 'whole' be used as an adverb?

It rained the whole week except on Sunday. In this question is the word 'whole' an adverb? Or since the word 'week' is a noun, will it become a determiner?
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Can “either” be used for more than two items?

The Judiciary also uses a special type of monitoring through the General Inspection Office and Bureaucratic Justice Court. Additionally, either of the three powers have internal supervision mechanisms....
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“This will be displayed when the device is next switched on” or “It will be displayed when the device is next switched on”

When the device is switched off, the memory will store the mode that last appeared on the screen. This (It?) will be displayed when the device is next switched on. Which is better, this or it, in ...
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what can each of us do

a. What can all of us do? Is this sentence ambiguous? First meaning: What can we all do together? Second meaning: What can every one of us do? ================================== b. What can each of us ...
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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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Why don't determiners modify nouns but predeterminer modify nouns

determiner (plural determiners) (grammar) A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it predeterminer (plural ...
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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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Why is “whatsoever” used here?

I've been into the use of "any" in positive sentences, and I crossed that this sense of "any" can also be used with "whatsoever" to add emphasis, such as: If you have ...
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Why is the determiner after the verb in “We were both tired” and “We have both seen the movie”?

There are two sentences to determiner below: We were both tired. We have both seen the movie. What I know is that the determiner is used in front of noun or pronoun, but the sentences of examples ...
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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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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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Use of “the” in between “most of ___ Earth's” [duplicate]

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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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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“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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Using 'several' and 'some'

What is the difference between these two? Ann has some nieces. Ann has several nieces. OALD defines some as: 3) a large number or amount of something 4) a small amount or number of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dickens: some of its noisiest authorities insisted on **its being received**

in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we have to repeat the possessive determiner in a list?

Is it better to put: Snow white was so pretty with her blood-red lips, her fair skin and her black hair. or Snow White was so pretty with her blood-red lips, fair skin and black hair.
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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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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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“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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“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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“He went to (X) direction”?

If I want to say that someone went or turned to a direction that I don't know, how is it correct to say that? I have a lot of words that I'm confused about. I don't know which ones are acceptable. (...
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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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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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Determiners: anyone versus someone

Can anyone explain the difference between: "Can anyone answer me " and "Can someone answer me " ?
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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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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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Determiner order in sentence

I am getting stuck order of determiner to be placed in the sentence. Sharing few examples. Four-times the cost; Determiner “four-times” and “the”, there is no of between them. Three-quarter of the ...
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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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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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