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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That's dog's feet

You see a set of feet of an animal, and someone asks you a question: What kind of animal has these feet? Would all the following answers be correct, especially the ones with singular pronouns?...
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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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“Every” followed by plural

I’d like to know if it’s grammatically correct to use every in the following sentences: Every five steps forward are followed by ten steps back. Every few months of peace are followed by months of ...
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Adjective ‘Half’ & past participle ‘halved’

When is adjective or determiner Half used and, when is past participle modifier halved used attributively?
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Why is the determiner after the verb in "We were both tired" and "We have both seen the movie"?

There are two sentences to determiner below: We were both tired. We have both seen the movie. What I know is that the determiner is used in front of noun or pronoun, but the sentences of examples ...
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The whole vs all

Does the whole summer and all summer have the same meanings? I spent the whole/all summer in the village.
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Difference between we all and we are all

What is the difference between the given two sentences? We all are teenagers. We are all teenagers.
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Speed (countable / uncountable)

Based on dictionaries' definitions, the noun "speed" sounds to be either countable or uncountable. So please let me know if in the sentence bellow using the determiner "a" sounds natural to you or ...
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Quite over (the?) 10%

Let's say a graph shows a percentage above 10%. Would it be correct to say: Quite over the 10%. I'm not sure if "quite" is ok in this context, and I'm wondering if "the" could be used in case 10% ...
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Using "the" in this sentence: "I won the first place at the tournament"

Here is the sentence where I am confused as to whether I should put the or not: "I won first place at the tournament" OR "I won the first place at the tournament" Which one is correct ...
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grammar using the word OF [duplicate]

We are making a thank you sign for our donors. Regarding text: when thanking them do we say "we wish to thank all our donors" or is it "we wish to thank all of our donors"
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What's the difference between modifiers and determiners?

From The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 519: Genitives, such as Christ’s in [4iv], we take to be modifiers not determiners. They occur readily in names that are themselves ...
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How to decompose/parse 'in which + noun'?

A sixth group that I joined consisted of women who made embroidered pictures and lived in a working-class neighborhood in Maud, in south-eastern Santiago, that was slightly too well-off to be called a ...
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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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What is the grammatical function of 'all' in 'noun + all'?

The people all wanted a new leader. In the above example, what is the grammatical function of all? Is it an inversion of 'all of the people' or 'all the people'? Or is it something else entirely? I ...
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No article for noun + number?

I'd like to understand if there should always be no article before nouns followed by a number, like in the following examples: The train arrives at platform 5. The flight departs from gate 7. In my ...
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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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"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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Once you become a father, playing [ a / the ] super dad comes naturally

Is there any difference in between those? I feel sometimes there's a hard thing to catch when people say somethings like Don't play [ a / the ] fool. also. Is it just you use 'the' when you ...
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When can the determiner 'any' be omitted?

Can I omit any in the following sentence? If I do so, Do they sound natural and grammatical?  Yesterday I had my camera with me, but I did not take any photos. Many grammar books say it is not ...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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Possessive determiner for "authorities"

Which possessive determiner should I use for the authorities? Its seems wrong, but their doesn't seem quite right, either. Example: After examining all the evidence, I've found that the authorities ...
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Why did the author use "One of them" instead of "each one of them" in this sentence?

The scenario is the protagonist in this novel had been experimenting a theory her colleague have had told her (is the tense correct?) that eye contact with another person for more than six seconds ...
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Some(the) washing

What is the difference? I need to do some washing. I need to do the washing. Can I also use "I need to do some washing" to refer to washing veggies before cooking a meal?
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Are any of the choices are correct in this exam question: '...and while {a,this,that,the} two groups sometimes...'?

In my exam, I had a task. The settlers moved onto the Indians' land, and while _____ two groups sometimes got along, they fought when food became scarce. and the options were - "a, this, that, ...
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Using "This" instead of "That"

In a reply to an email, I might say: Thank you for sending this email. Is it wrong? I know that we usually say "that " when refer to something that someone has said before. But as English is not ...
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Using 'several' and 'some'

What is the difference between these two? Ann has some nieces. Ann has several nieces. OALD defines some as: 3) a large number or amount of something 4) a small amount or number of ...
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"A little" Vs. "The little" (in reply to "Have you got any money?")

A: Have you got any money? B: Yes, a little A: Have you got any money? B: yes, the little How a little is differ from the little in above context? As far as I know the meaning of "a little" ...
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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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Take His Vacation

I have a question about two very similar sentences: He took an annual vacation to Canada. He took his annual vacation to Canada. How are the two sentences different?
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Help me understand the meaning/usage of 'anarthrous'

In Ruchir's answer here, he specifies the word 'anarthrous' (before editing). I could not find any satisfactory definition/description about it in popular dictionaries that we find online. Anyone ...
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In The Back Of His/The Head

Suppose a bullet struck the back side of someone's head: He was shot in the back of his head. He was shot in the back of the head. Is one of them wrong? Are they different?
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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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Why do we have to use a determiner "their"?

To begin with, I think, the reason why it is vital to work in a desired profession is that people spend a major amount of their time at their workplaces, so job satisfaction becomes an important ...

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