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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Use of definite article, the, before “adjective”- “a million miles from its nearest neighbour”

In a scale model in which the stars are ships, the average ship will be over a million miles from its nearest neighbour. Why the writer not use THE before the adjective nearest?
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A repeated action: each/every [duplicate]

I swim every day/Monday. But could I say: I swim each day/Monday. PS: I know there are already questions like this, but please, try to understand my question before marking it duplicate without ...
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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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Usage of “which” and “what” in affirmative

The medico went to the nearest village and there in the bazaar he found various kinds of meat and fish. He looked around for some time and found that nothing suited him. ...
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“as much” vs “much”

While reading a book - "The Glass Palace" - I came across a sentence - He could think of nothing else to say, or as much worth saying. I understood the meaning of this sentence. And I believe ...
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Is “his” a pronoun or a determiner here?

We know his can be used as pronoun and as determiner. But i am confused about how to decide whether it used as determiner or pronoun for example he said that john was his father Is "his" a pronoun ...
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Conjunction AND

Can someone tell me whether the conjunction and can be used to conjoin the words and phrases in these sentences? At first glance, I think it cannot but I do not know how to explain why. Thank you. ...
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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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“This” or “present”, which is used to describe a time sequence along with “previous” and “next”

I scored only 50 on the previous test, but 70 on (this/the present) test. I want to score at least 90 on the next test. I think that "this" is better in the above example, but would like to know ...
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Could you fetch me my bag vs could you fetch me the bag?

Could you fetch me my bag? Could you fetch me the bag? Which one is correct? Is it okay to say ' me my' together?
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Why was “the room” not used in “Prices vary according to the type of room you require”?

The sentence below is an example sentence from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary for the entry for the verb "vary". I wonder why the room was not used and why just room was used here. As "room" ...
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A lovely three days or lovely three days

I came across a sentence which reads: We spent a lovely three weeks in Canada. Also sentences which read: A staggering 100 students attended the fee class. We have reached an amazing ...
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A tricky “you” vs “your” vs “yours” when using conjunctions!

Which one is correct? You need you and your partner's documents. You need your and your partner's documents. Also, am I safe to assume that the following version is certainly wrong? ...
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In circular way or using circular way

I bought a face cream yesterday. It had small note about how to apply that cream. I got confused about following sentence on that note. Apply this cream on your face in circular way. My question ...
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“All these expenses are incurred by me” or “for me”

Context: We went to tour for official purpose. We to submit actual bills to office for reimbursement. We filed all the bills and have to written on top of that to notify that these expenses belongs to ...
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What does 'very' mean in this sentence and why do we need it? [closed]

Here is the sentence: The brothers, Primo and Secondo, want to serve the very best Italian cooking. My question is what means very in this sentence? Why do we need the determiner very in this ...
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“A my friend”, “A friend mine”

Why do I need to place the preposition "of" before the possessive pronoun "mine" in this sentence? A friend of mine. What would happen if I didn't place it like in the sentence "a friend mine". Is ...
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“are of particular interest” or “are of a particular interest”

Verbal expressions are of particular interest. Is the above sentence correct or we should add an a before particular? Verbal expressions are of a particular interest.
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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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Determiner 'some'. [closed]

Which sentence below is correct and why? Some of my friends are married. or Some friends of mine are married. Thank you.
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“The one” vs “one”

An executed purpose, in short, is a transaction in which the time and energy spent on the execution are balanced against the resulting assets, and the ideal case is one in which the former ...
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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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How to use “a pair of”

Are all forms of "a pair of" below correct? Do all forms below have the same meaning? My new modern pair of shoes. A pair of my new modern shoes. My pair of new modern shoes. A new modern ...
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When can we use 'much' in affirmative clauses?

I found the below in Cambridge Dictionary web-site: We use much in questions and negative clauses to talk about degrees of something. We don’t use much in affirmative clauses. Also, it the ...
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Should one say “on even weeks” or “in even weeks”

Could you tell me about the right preposition in this phrase: on/in even weeks in contrast with on/in odd weeks? Besides, is the determiner THE necessary before the noun WEEK and why is it or is it ...
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Is “How much underwear?” okay?

Is this correct? I often see "how many pairs of underwear", but this doesn't make sense. How is underwear a pair? There is only 1. I've googled and I've seen both "how much underwear" and "how many ...
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Is “Edit like below” is correct? [closed]

I want to write in my blog edit like below. Example - You will make edit like below - One to Tow Is correct?
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Should we end the given sentence with TO in the given situation?

He's this person who I owe 40$ (to). He's this person I owe 40$ to. He's this person who I owe 40$. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Are the first and second one grammatically ...
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The grammar of this “definition” — Please be noted this could be offensive

I always liked Aerosmith and one of their songs, Rag doll. Anyway, I haven't known up until now exactly what the rag doll means and I now think the song is about the 3rd definition of this page. ...
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Which is correct? “Happy new year to both of you” or “Happy new year to you both”

Which one is correct? Happy new year to both of you. or Happy new year to you both.
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Can relative pronouns and clauses follow demonstrative determiners?

If I want to refer to a bag someone is holding, which of the options below is/are grammatically correct? The bag you are holding (Definitely grammatical but I feel as though the indication the ...
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Usage of “this” before a long phrase

Someone wrote: Finally this university semester finished. Every university semester with different students and classes, always bring me many new experiences. I feel while "this semester" sounds ...
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The Pentagon or Pentagon [duplicate]

I see that an article "the" is needed to describe the headquarters of the US Department of Defence: The Pentagon. From my grammar book to show the usage of articles, I found that "the" is not ...
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Can we use “some X” when X is definite? [duplicate]

Consider: Some men like doing housework. Vs. We interviewed ten men. Some of the men liked doing housework. Can one say "some men" in the second sentence? Can I conclude when the noun x is ...
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Usage of “any” or “some” in “Would you like … wine?” [duplicate]

I have got another test question: Would you like ..... wine? any some This test assumes that the only correct answer is 'some' and some people argue that the use of 'any' in this ...
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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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Only once did I see any elephant

I stumbled on this sentence in a book called "Going Solo", but it doesn't look grammatically correct to me: Only once did I see any elephant. Please explain to me how does it work.
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Are we to use any with plurals or singulars?

Does he have any cars that are black in color? Does he have any car that is black in color? Are both the sentences grammatically correct? Are there any differences in their meaning?
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Is the word “other” an adjective that modifies the word “choice” in this question

Is the word "other" an adjective that modifies the word "choice" in the question: "What other choice do we have?"
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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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What about the usage of “any” and “no”?

I taught my students that they can use any in questions with abstract countable nouns. Was I right? For example: Do you have any idea? (idea = abstract but countable) Do you have any reason to do ...
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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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Where are determiners required?

Please have a look at this sentence: I'm French-speaking person. Is this correct grammatically? I would use an indefinite article this way: I'm a French-speaking person. Would you agree please?
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A mix up of “that” and “this”

I often stumble upon sentences where This is used instead of That and That instead of This. How correct is it? Who is this boy up there on the roof? (a woman is pointing at a boy and asking a citizen ...
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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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No vs not a vs not any

How would you understand if I say He is not a teacher. He is no teacher. He is not any teacher.
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“This” and “that”

Ridiculous examples, yet, what do you think?: This darkness is giving me the creeps. That air isn't any healthy. This weather is cold. That heat burns to the bone! Is it correct to use "this" or "...
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“Both of these” or “Both these”?

Are the two constructions above correct or one of them is incorrect? Which one then? Both of these images resemble an ocean. Both these images resemble an ocean.
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Can “quintuple,” “sextuple,” etc. be used as determiners?

I've seen treble and double used as determiners. Is it valid to use quadruple, quintuple, sextuple, and the equivalent words for greater numbers in the same way? For example: The outlay on housing ...
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Is “I have no much time.” correct?

I know "I have no time." is correct. I have no much time. But as to "I have no much time." to mean "not enough time", the sentence seems to have self-contradiction in a sense. Is the sentence ...

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