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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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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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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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In "Sort the extensions by **the** date of **the** last extension update.", are the two last "the" optional?

In "Sort the extensions by the date of the last extension update.", are the two last "the" optional? In other words, should one say Sort the extensions by date of last extension update. or ...
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How to use determiners after the coordinating conjunction AND?

I need to say: "Chinatown and Little Italy are the most colourful and liveliest neighbourhoods in New York City". I wonder if I must add the determiner THE before "liveliest".
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Using "the" before a nominalised adjective "small"

Instead of putting: You're a giant in the land of small people could I say: You're a giant in the land of small (referring to the Lilliputians in Gulliver's travels?) Or should I use “the” ...
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"which teacher" vs. "what teacher"

There is an online English class room which has an increasing number of teachers, most of whom I don't know at all. I have to book a room by time, e.g. 8 pm Wednesday, to attend class. I don't know ...
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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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Connecting [Demonstrative Determiner + Noun] with conjunction

I would like to know how Native English Speakers use the followings. (1) this boy or this girl is (2) this boy and this girl are (3) this boy or girl is (4) this boy and girl are (5) these boy or girl ...
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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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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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Using fewer or less in a sentence

There were no less than (= as many as) a thousand people buying tickets. In the sentence above, does "less" work as an adverb modifying "were"? There were no fewer than a ...
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Which is correct between Case A and Case B?

Based on the following sentence, which analysis is correct, Case A or Case B? The few minutes of attention he is giving you is sacrificial. Case A: core noun : attention determiner : the few ...
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How to use the determiner THE

I need to hand my pupils a list of adverbs about feelings. Should I entitle it: "Adverbs to express intensity of feelings" or "Adverbs to express THE intensity of feelings"?
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'Some' how to check its usage as a Determiner or as adjective of number

It is said that 'some' classifies as an adjective of number and it is also used as a determiner. 1- When 'some' is used as an adjective in a sentence, how do we check whether it's being used as an ...
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"the probability of" vs "a/an +adjective +probability"

when should we use "a/an" before the word and when should we use "the" because for example, we use: 1 there's a high probability not there is the high probability but we do say ...
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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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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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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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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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Try these shoes or those ones?

A student of mine is taking part in an English competition and one of the multiple-choice questions she got read: Try these shoes or those ...... a. ones b. one c. shoe d. shoes Which answer would ...
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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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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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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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“In custody of the” vs. “in the custody of the”

The castle is now in the custody of the state. What would change if I omit the article “the” from the sentence? to be like: The castle is now in custody of the state.
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where to place indeterminate pronouns/determiners/adverbs in a sentence like "we've all been studying"

In the sentence "we've also all been studying" are the "also" (in Spanish is categorized as adverb of affirmation) and "all" (in Spanish is categorized as indeterminate pronoun or determinant) being ...
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Difference between Determiners and Noun Modifiers

Hello. I would like to know whether or not there is a reasonable explanation for why both grammatical classes use different terminologies. Both Determiners and Noun Modifiers perform exactly the ...
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Do you have to use singular and plural nouns after "Any"?

I want to ask about this specific construction: Do you see any error message? Do you see any error messages? Are they both grammatically correct? My grammar book says that any should only be ...
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Using "Than" vs "Than that of" and "Any" vs "Any other" in a sentence

Ray is the better that any other student in the class. Ray is better than any student in the college. When do we use ANY and ANY OTHER in a sentence comparing things, place, etc.?
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Is it necessary to repeat the determiner "the" in the following case?

which is correct as a title: "The river system and the water supply" or "the river system and water supply"? And would you remove all determiners and leave it like this: "River system and water supply"...
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Possible ways of rephrasing a noun phrase functioning as Determiner

In page 118, Bas Aarts, 2011, the author gives an example: With this size zoom, image stabilisation is essential, and the SP-570UZ has two systems to reduce shake. He states 'ordinary' noun ...
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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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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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