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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'The' with noun expressions containing personal names

It is often not clear whether to use the definite article when a personal name is used. Tolstoy's books. — It is John's property. — Somewhere in Steinbeck country. but... The ...
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Are these determiners or are there omissions?

From the moment they arrived, the Twins had been admonishing Eve for having her baby at home. They told her she was endangering her baby’s welfare and that in these modern times, it was irresponsible ...
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“are not clear on what damage and casualties they're dealing with”

The recovery effort has begun but authorities are still not clear on just what damage and casu-alties they're dealing with. (ABC.net.au) — used to refer to an amount that someone has, uses, etc. ▪...
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I know about what we need

For this sentence "I know about what we need." I don't understand why we use "what" we need. What is the function of "what" ? Is it a pronoun? Can we use "that" instead of "what"? Could you ...
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Is 'all of a' a determiner?

   "Welcome back, Mr. Potter, welcome back."    Harry didn't know what to say. Everyone was looking at him. The old woman with the pipe was puffing on it without realizing ...
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Is this relative right?

   Williams went on: "Obviously Their Majesties will be in the Egyptian Apartment."    Fitz nodded. This was the largest suite of rooms. Its wallpaper had decorative motifs ...
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How do I know when to use “the” versus “a” versus “∅” as an article on a noun?

With proper nouns, we don't use the except for river names, newspaper names, etc. I want to know why we use the with White House. I mean, under which rule can we categorize it? What could other ...
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psychologist John Hayes (THE, zero article before false titles)

An example (from The New Yorker) of a phrase with a false title (psychologist John Hayes): After Simon and Chase’s paper, for example, the psychologist John Hayes looked at seventy-six famous ...
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(the, Ø) merger of two airlines

A quote from the NYT: The Justice Department argues that the merger with American would prompt US Airways to shift more travelers to higher-priced flights at American’s larger hubs. Could we ...
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(the, Ø) rates: article usage

A quote from The Guardian: The Bank of England, under its new governor Mark Carney, has promised that interest rates will stay at their record low level of 0.5% until the unemployment rate ...
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Difference between 'the all backup' or 'all the backup'?

I am confused about the difference between we can store all the backup we can store the all backup Can any one help me with which one is correct or both? What is the logic behind which is ...
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companies that mapped (the, 0) shale reserves

A quote from the Economist ("The Father of Fracking") His company counted on support from various government agencies, including those that mapped the shale reserves (demonstrating that they ...
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Why is this whatever put into determiner?

[determiner] Whatever you say is fine with me. [pronoun] I'll do whatever I can. (wiktonary.org) It seems like the two ‘whatever’s are doing the same function as pronouns. Why does the Wiktionary ...
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why no article before G.D.P.?

A quote from NY Times: For the first quarter, the bureau now says G.D.P. grew at a 1.1 percent rate — after a series of reductions from its initial estimate of 2.5 percent. Why is there no ...
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Exxon and (∅, the) other oil majors

A quote from The Economist: Yet Exxon and the other oil supermajors are more vulnerable than they look. What if we insert a zero article in THE's position before the "other": Yet Exxon and ...
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increased from (a / zero article) mere X%

A quote from The Economist: This divergence ripples through to customers: the difference in the cost of borrowing between German and Spanish firms rose from a mere six basis points in summer ...
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Indefinite interviewers and mostly definite children

An excerpt from The Economist's article on bedtime regime's correlation with IQ scores. Here I've committed two kinds of mismatches, putting THE before the second mention of "interviewers" ...
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years of service and _ final salary

From The Economist's article on the US's economic troubles: American states and cities typically offer their employees defined-benefit pensions based on years of service and final salary. The ...
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Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed (the) empty neighbourhoods

From The Economist's article on Detroit's doldrums: Detroit’s population has fallen by 60% since 1950. ... Shrubs, weeds and raccoons have reclaimed empty neighbourhoods. Would it be acceptable ...
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the price of a (the, zero article) traditional higher education

A quote from The Economist (Higher education: The attack of the MOOCs): He thinks this will drive a dramatic reduction in the price of a traditional higher education, that will reduce the total ...
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Advertising propelled (the) radio

A quote from The Economist (Higher education: The attack of the MOOCs): “Ads propelled radio and TV, why not education? There is a lot of misplaced snobbery in education about advertising,” says ...
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rules written by (the) existing players: article usage

A quote from The Economist (Higher education: The attack of the MOOCs): “Anyone who thinks the rules of engagement have already been written by the existing players is massively underestimating ...
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a (the) rapidly growing number of

A quote from The Economist (Higher education: The attack of the MOOCs): The new money should allow Coursera to build on any advantage it has from being a first mover among a rapidly growing ...
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Which is the head in “a number of boys”?

[A number of boys] were absent. (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, p56) This book says that number is the head of the subject NP, but Angela Downing calls it a "determinative" (that is,...
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positioning of “a” when an object is long

For a description of a hotel offer, is the following sentence grammatically correct? This deal offers complimentary a Video On Demand ticket.
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“We have lot of money” or “We have a lot of money”

1) We have lot of money. 2) We have a lot of money. Which is correct? I say "we have lot of money." Google says "we have a lot of money" is correct.
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Why is there no determiner before wife?

Ken was one of nine children of Patrick William Jubb and wife Mary Alice (nee Finlayson). (The Age) There’s no determiner like ‘his’ in front of ‘wife.’ Did the paper miss it or is it a possible ...
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How can I point to the one shoe of my father's shoes?

Is it correct to say: My father's shoe I want to point to the one shoe of that pair of my father's shoes.
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Should the noun be in singular or plural form after “some”?

I usually use the plural form after "some." Example: I bought some books about France But I would also say some source states that France is best toured in fall. Is there a specific grammar ...
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Comparing “the same ideas”, “two similar ideas” and “two same ideas”

I'm very surprised to get only one result for "two same ideas" on Google Books, especially because the result appears in a grammar book (Everyday Grammar by Irene Chong): Molly and Jimmy are good ...
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Why “the Australian Capital Territory” but not “the New South Wales”?

Why is "the" used in "the Australian Capital Territory", but not before "New South Wales"? Is it as if you started off with "the territory", made "territory" start with a capital letter, and added in "...
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“the wife” instead of “my wife”, are there any other contexts where a possessive pronoun gets replaced by a definite article?

In English, one occasionally sees a replacement of my wife by the wife, such as in this sentence: there was a sudden thud and I joked to the wife that someone had run into us Does this ...
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When to use “some” instead of “a”

You were just having some dream. and You were just having a dream. Are both correct? What is the difference, if any?

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