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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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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Should I use “neither … nor” with or without “a” or “any”? — “Neither [ | a | any ] letter nor …”

Given sentence: No letter was sent to me. No postcard was sent to me. (1) Neither letter nor postcard was sent to me. (2) Neither a letter nor a postcard was sent to me. (3) Neither any letter ...
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Should I use “this” or “the”

I have received an email about one project and I want to ask for more details. Which sentence is correct and why? Could you provide me more information about this project ? Could you provide me more ...
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Is it complete to say “I'm happy to hear”?

Ngram Viewer shows that the sum of all the major possibilities of "I'm happy to hear ..." is still less than "I'm happy to hear." by "major" I mean equal or greater than ...
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How to distinguish between “each” and “every”? [duplicate]

A. She gave an apple to every of the children. B. She gave an apple to each of the children. Would you please show me which one is correct? or if they both could be considered correct?
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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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“All the water” VS “All water”

I am a bit confused as to the difference - some use the definite article, some do not: -All water on Earth will evaporate in a billion years. -Not all water is composed of the same substances. -All ...
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Can you use “the” + “both” + noun?

I came across this sentence "Now therefore, the both parties enter into..." and it seemed incorrect to me. Shouldn't it be "both (of) the parties" or "both parties"? Or is it correct to say "the ...
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Difference between all, all of, each

What is the difference in the following three sentences regarding usage of the determiner? The right to work implies the obligation on the part of the government to give a job to all the unemployed. ...
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“I bought apples.” vs “I bought some apples.”

"I bought apples." vs "I bought some apples." Is the first sentence grammatical? If yes, is there any difference in meaning between the two? Somehow I feel that if I am asked "...
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“Once every second” vs. “Once per second” vs. “Once each second. ”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Once every second Once per second Once each second Example of use: You may only do something once per second.
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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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Do you want a/one sandwich?

I took an online English test, where a question was as follows: Do you want ___ sandwich or two? a) a b) one I chose option "a" but it was incorrect. We usually say "do you want a ...
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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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“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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“There is no” vs. “There is not”

There is no month in calendar that does not have a festival. There is not a month in calendar when there is not a festival. Do the two sentences mentioned above mean the same thing? Why or why not?
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“with your not trusting yourself”

The following quoted sentence is a dialogue, spoken by a therapist to the male protagonist from the series 'The Affair'. These feelings you have for Alison (male protagonist’s wife) judging you, ...
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Why is there no article after “no” in “I have no car”

Examples. "I have no car", "I have no TV". BUT "I have not a car" There was a thread on it, but the answers were pretty superficial to say the least and only based on someone's opinion. I read a ...
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When do you use determiner “The” before a proper noun?

I've been translating some stories from my mother tongue (Spanish) to English, but I have struggled with certain titles, for example: La Siguanaba in English would be the Siguanaba. This is a unique ...
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Should we use 'of' when describing quantities with 'score' and 'dozen'?

There are two score of books which are lying unused in the library. Why is two score of books used instead of two score books? What is the difference between them? Similarly can we use five dozen ...
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Whose all efforts vs All whose efforts [closed]

He is a fortunate person whose all efforts succeed. He is a fortunate person all of whose efforts succeed. Which sentence is correct? My grammar book is saying second sentence is correct. But ...
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Articles in English

I'm student of English Philology. I have a little specific problem from determiners. I don't know when I should use determined kind of determiners. For example in this sentence Our mayor is ...
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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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How do you express your family, 'Smiths' or 'the Smiths'?

I want to express my family in English. As far as I did research, plural form of family name has that meaning. However, I do not fully understand how 'the' works here. Suppose the family name is ...
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In NP do we use “the” after “between”?

Which example is correct? The gaps between platform and train are dangerous. or The gaps between the platform and train are dangerous.
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Has she came or Did She came

I wanted to ask if my teacher came today or not. What would be the correct way to ask that question? Has teacher came? or Did teacher came?
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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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“the Eiffel Tower” or “Eiffel Tower”

I read Unit 78 of "English Grammar in Use, Raymond Murphy, 4th ED" last night. In "A" section of the unit it's stated: "Names of important public buildings and institutions (for example, airports, ...
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How to use “both”?

A father comes back home from a long journey. He addresses his children complimenting the two of them for having grown up so much. Will he say: "Look how you've grown up both of you!" or rather "Look ...
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“Any student” vs “Any students” vs “Any of the students”

I am at school and I want to know if any students passed the maths exam this year. Which of the following sentence should I use? And which one sounds more natural? Here are the examples: Did ...
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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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“others”, pronoun or determiner

You shouldn’t expect others to do your work for you. Does "others" function as pronoun in the above sentence and replaced the noun (e.g. people)? or Is it determiner and the noun/pronoun (e.g. people)...
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“neither of whom” vs “none of whom”

Here is the sentence: Several prisoners escaped last night, none of whom/neither of whom has been caught so far. In my opinion, I'd use 'none of whom', since we are talking about several people ...
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When do I use “many” or “any” in a question?

Which of the two questions is correct? Are there many shelves in the closets? Are there any shelves in the closets? I don't understand the difference of using any or many in a question.
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Usage of Anymore/Any more

Do these sentences use 'anymore/any more' correctly? We won't be trying any more of those products. We won't be trying those products anymore. Spotlight's on him now, he won't be trying anymore funny ...
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I go to school on foot every day or I go to school every day on foot

Could I write: I go to school every day on foot or should "every day" be at the end of the sentence? How about: go to school by bike go to school by my bike Are both of them okay?
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My or Mine usage

Which sentence is correct: Mine are the red packages on the right My are the red packages on the right. Thank you very much for the 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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Multiple vs. Several

I wrote: The user even can specify multiple labels and variables, and store the content of each of them under a separate XML node. Suppose a user can enter a command like: Label1 = Variable1; ...
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Why no article?

I'm a university student of English and we are studying "Articles" in our grammar module. Our teacher gave us this sentence, "You have egg on your tie." And asked us why we haven't used an article. ...
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Which one is better?: Do you need a/any/some help?

How is the nuance of each one? Do you need help? Do you need a help? Do you need any help? Do you need some help? May I help you? And which one should I use to offer some strangers ...
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into near darkness

This sentence is from a medieval fantasy book, Cold Iron by Miles Cameron: He rode down a farm lane and well around the soldiers, and emerged on the turnpike into near darkness. I was ...
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Use of 'less' with countable nouns

Supposing that, a player is supposed to spend 60 minutes in a training session. He spends 57 minutes. We say: You have spent less minutes. Is it right? I feel it is not, since 'less' modifies 'an ...
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Why is “Don't do such stupid things” unnatural? [closed]

I talked to two native speakers of English, and they did not say anything was wrong with the following sentence: Don't do stupid shit. But they said that the following sentence is not ...
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Is snow a countable noun

I was reading news on Yahoo and got confused. I read this – a snow – on Yahoo; as per my opinion snow is not a countable noun. So, we should not use the article (a) before snow. This is from Yahoo: ...

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