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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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"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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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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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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"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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"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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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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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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"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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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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Determiners: anyone versus someone

Can anyone explain the difference between: "Can anyone answer me " and "Can someone answer me " ?
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it feel natural to use 'several' to mean starting from 'two'? Can 'several' be 'two'?

My question is based on this post: Using 'several' and 'some' Anyway, my question is this: Does it feel natural for native speakers to use several to mean starting from two? Do you ...
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Every single day and every few days

I have come across the following two sentences from Michael Swan's practical English usage 1 I meet my mother every single day 2 I meet my friends every few days what is the use of single in the ...
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Particular question about "of which"

Do you have the forms of which I speak in order to make this renewal official? In this sentence , why "of which" is used and why? This sentence appears in Smosh video. The link is https://www....
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Move "across town" or "across the town"

He moved across town to stay with his father. Why don't we use "a" or "the" in these situations. As: He moved across the town to stay with his father.
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The Meaning and the structure of grammar of a sentence which includes Whatever

They cannot make a man wise or foolish; they achieve whatever luck would have it. I understand the former but don't the latter which is italic. I think whatever can be replaced with any or what but ...
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Is "more of such examples" correct? [closed]

Let us assume that in a text we bring an example. And we want to bring more similar examples. Is this statement grammatically correct? There are more of such examples How about the following: ...
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should I use a determiner before this nominalised adjective?

Is it preferable to say referring to Gulliver "You're a giant in the land of small" or "you're a giant in the land of the small" or "you're a giant in the land of (the) small people"?

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