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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in/at [the] implementation

In the sentence "This can be mitigated at/in [the] implementation by using", should I use at or in? Also, should I put a "the" there? What I mean by this sentence is that when someone wants to ...
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We call this assumption [the] good function assumption

Should I put the "the" in this sentence? We call this assumption [the] good function assumption hereafter.
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Usage of the determiner 'the' within a sentence for two subsequent objects

Please consider the following sentence with a particular emphasis on the determiner, the: Have you locked the door and the cellar? Could you please advice novices (like myself) whether the usage of ...
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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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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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Determiner before the word - Demand

They received a final demand for payment. The goverment is unlikely to agree to the rebel’s demands for independence. These sentences are from cambridge dictionary. In the second sentence, ...
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Using “That” or “This” at the begining of a sentence

I often have problems to choose the right determiner when a sentence should start with That or This. I know the rules when we are talking about physical things but as a non-native, I have a hard time ...
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Demonstrative 'that' + indefinite pronoun 'someone'

Is it grammatically sound to refer back to the unspecific pronoun 'someone' via the use of 'that' before it? For example: I heard someone gave it to him as a present. That someone must have been ...
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Is “all” a determinative here?

This all started in 1965. Is 'all' a determinative here or an adverb?
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Can “whose” refer to things? [duplicate]

Is it entirely correct to use the adjective 'whose' when the grammatical subject is not a person but a thing? For instance, The first poem whose publication he ever sanctioned
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Missing a determiner before countable noun - Sign

At the following page of Cambridge dictionary is the sentence: There was no sign of life in the building. Why is this sentence without a determiner before sign since the word is countable? This ...
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When can we omit the preposition “of” in such cases?

I'm struggling to understand when we can omit the preposition "of" in cases when we use determiners in English (distributives and quantifiers). I mean we all know that both "half the students were ...
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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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Difference between “some” and “any” [duplicate]

Can anybody please tell me what the difference between some and any is? Here are two examples: Can you please give any advice on that? Can you please give some advice on that?
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Can I say “Any tiger is a dangerous animal”?

What is the meaning of this sentence: "Any tiger is a dangerous animal."? A. A tiger in general is a dangerous animal. B. Any tiger, even a sick one, is dangerous.
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about All and All of

Before a noun with no determiner, we use all without of. All children need love. (NOT All of children need love.) Link I don't understand why All of children is not correct. Could you explain ...
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Look at all those Eggman's robots! — is this grammatically correct?

In Sonic Heroes, Tails often says: "Look at all those Eggman's robots!" when there are a lot of robots that belong to Eggman in the area. Now, all over the web, this is sarcastically referred to as "...
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Use of ANY as a determiner

I have a question regarding 'any' as 'it's not important which one'. While i can say: I can recognise any mushroom in the forest or: I can heal any dog you bring me (a vet!) I can drive ...
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Which is more appropriate to use in sentences like these, you or your?

I remember your talking about how your father died. I remember you talking about how your father died. Are both these sentences grammatically correct? What's the difference in their meaning?
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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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“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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Can I omit “any” in the sentences?

Is "any" really necessary in the following sentences? If I omit in the sentences will that be grammatical? Here are some examples: 1- When I reached John's home, I heard the barking of dogs. I asked ...
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“a” or “any” with except

Are the following sentences correct? I don't have a book except this one. I don't have any books except this one. I think both are correct. Could any native speakers please answer the question.
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No Vs. None - in this case both Ok?

Please look at the statement which I correct. I searched for duplicates about "none" and found that in fact those might be both correct. Please let me know if my assumptions are right. She has none ...
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The Vs. These which is correct? [closed]

Please look at these two sentences: Young people buy the red sports cars. Or: Young people buy these red sports cars. Which is correct for you first, second or both?
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This or That person

Today I heard a speaker use the phrase "this person", referring to the subject-person of the story they were telling, and I heard it as (that person). Between the words “this” or “that” in context ...
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When can uniquness and reminiscence be cancellable?

First of all, in the Polish language there is not any system of articles, we use demonstratives if we want to be more specific. After years of teaching English, I realize that most students whose ...
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Countable nouns and determiners

Is using the definite article here in this sentence incorrect? If yes, what's its reason? The word 'chapter' is a count noun. Have you finished the chapter eight of your novel book?
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Can we use “Two next sessions” here?

I wanted to ask my teacher not to teach one grammar in a session that I'm absent. I have class Saturday/Monday/Wednesday A) Imagine today is Wednesday B) My teacher wants to teach that grammar in 2 ...
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“The” vs “that”

I understand that "the" and "that" are both used to refer to a specific subject or object. But are there general rules of thumb to explain when we should use "the" and when we should use "that"? ...
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Can all be used with a singular noun

This website talks about how all should only be used with plural nouns. But I'm wanting to say "all the following," and "all the followings" doesn't work. And every and each doesn't work either. I ...
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Indefinite determiners for introducing an item in plural as new information

Oftentimes you would use an indefinite determiner (a(n), some, Ø) when introducing an item as new information. And I have been thinking of use of determiners when introducing a new item in plural. In ...
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a few, several, and many before hundred / hundreds of [duplicate]

Please examine the following phrases: a few hundred books a few hundreds of books several hundred books several hundreds of books many hundred books many hundreds of books I think #1, #3, and #6 are ...
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should I add a “the” before “paths of length 2”?

I am confused for these situations: Preparing desirable paths needs to iterate all possible paths (the) desirable paths; all (the) possible paths; I have described what a desirable paths is. "all ...
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Is it wrong to say “How many are we?”

So I'm in class one day and I try to initiate a headcount of everyone in my class and so I decide to ask openly and say "How many are we?". But to my absolute shock I had some other person (along with ...
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She manhandled the posts into place

What is meant by the sentence: She manhandled the posts into place. I found it as an example of the usage of the word manhandle at Merriam-Webster website. I think the sentence should be: ...
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Thank you for “the” comment. or Thank you for “your” comment

A question. In spoken American English, do you feel different if I say as below? Thank you for "the" comment. Thank you for "your" comment. If I say your, does that sound repetitious?
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Interrogative determiners: Usage of which and what? and in which context?

I'm reading and understand the idea of determiners. So as per my understanding, we use "which" as a determiner to ask a question about a specific group of people or things When we are asking a ...
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Why does it use 'the other' instead of 'each other' in this sentence?

The case came to light when both families filed criminal charges with police accusing the other family's son of rape. The case came to light when both families filed criminal charges with police ...
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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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Singular countable nouns without any article

So the general rule is that an article, either definite or indefinite, must be used with any countable singular nouns. We say 'a chair' or 'the chair', for example. But, it seems that when a ...
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Pattern of age *be 16 years old*

I have always wondered how to classify this kind of clause: He is fifty-four years old How should it be classified? Either as: He (Subject) is (Linking Verb) fifty-four (Cardinal number, ...
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How to show that a countable noun can be both singular or plural?

There are times when you don't know how much of something there'll be. There can be only one of that thing, OR many of that thing. The number isn't fixed. For example: The officer/officers who ...
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using “possessive pronoun”

In English, we can say "we went on holiday with some friends of ours" or, "we went on holiday with some friends of our own", but we can say "we went on holiday with our some friends" or not?
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Why the writer did not put an article in the following sentence?

"I will take him as ward, if you wish" Why the writer didn't use an article before ward?
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They are called a cat/cat/cats/the cat

What are these animals called? 1) They are called a cat. 2) They are called cat. 3) They are called cats. 4) They are called the cat. The first one doesn't look correct as I am ...
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Error spotting : All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow

All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow. I have two questions regarding the above sentence. First : Hope is a uncountable noun so is using were correct with it or it should be was ...
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Use of “the” and cardinals

I've read that no article is used before cardinals (one, two, three... etc) but ordinals, but here in the following sentence this rule is voided. What is the reason behind it? The cities show an ...
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Which is correct “in spring” or “in the spring”?

Here is my sentence: "This picture was taken in spring / in the spring" commenting on a photograph in a photo documentary. Is there a difference? is the determiner THE necessary and why or why not? ...
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Each/every part of coconut tree is used by man

Which is the better word to use here ? Each/every part of coconut tree is used by man. I went through earlier posts regarding each / every on SE, I can distinguish between each and every in ...

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