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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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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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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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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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Using "other" before singular countable nouns

Grammar resources say the word other is used before only plural nouns as a determiner, but I met the following sentence in my grammar book so I'd like to ask if it is grammatically correct to use the ...
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How do "a little", "a little bit", and "some" modify meaning?

How do the determiners: some, a little and a little bit change the meanings of the sentences below? I can speak some English. I can speak a little English. I can speak a little bit of English.
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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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Can 'such' mean 'any such' ? Why? (1951 US, Truman to MacArthur)

Source Truman drafted an order to MacArthur, which was issued under Bradley's signature: I deeply regret that it becomes my duty as President ... to replace you .... You will turn over your commands, ...
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"other tools" vs "others tools"

We compare our tools with others state-of-the-art tools. We compare our tools with other state-of-the-art tools. May I know which one is grammatical?
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close to forty-five thousand people

No one else could carry close to forty-five thousand people in such a short amount of time. -- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief There seems to be almost no other explanation but determiner or quantifier ...
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Why is the word *the* necessary?

Why do I have to use the in following phrase? What are the problems .... For example What are the problems John is facing while riding a bike? What are the problems Smith is facing while solving a ...
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There are some beautiful flowers / There are beautiful flowers [duplicate]

Do these sentences have any difference in their meaning? Does "some" mean in this context - not all flowers are beautiful in this garden for them? There are some beautiful flowers in the ...
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"Whose three interior angles each measure" or "measures"?

I get stuck by this sentence: Equilateral triangle: A triangle whose three sides are all equal in length and whose three interior angles each measure 60°. Is measure in this sentence a verb or a ...
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Such + [the] + adj + noun

Consider a sentence like The method does not need the extra parameter. Now, assume that we want to add "such" to the sentence. What will the result be? The method does not need such the extra ...
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Which one would you choose? "This book" VS "That book" / "These topics" VS "Those topics"

I am aware of the difference between This and that These and those It's easy for me to distinguish which one to use when I talk to someone but I am having a trouble with choosing the right one in ...
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Can "the" be used once for a list of things instead of for each of them?

Consider a sentence like: We also exploit the inappropriate relevants, the inappropriate searches, the inappropriate queries, and the publication-date-based filtering heuristics. Can we summarize ...
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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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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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I want to know the reason why we should use 'the' in this case

There is a pencil on the desk. He is in the room. In the sentences above, why should we use 'the' in the preposition phrase? What is the meaning of 'the' in this case?
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Using "Much" with a gerund

Much walking was necessary.​ "Much" as a determiner (quantifier) is used in negative sentences or questions, but it can be used in positive ones though it's formal or unnatural. However, in ...
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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 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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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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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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Order of determiner in noun phrase

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Children ate the three remaining cookies. Children ate the remaining three cookies. In the sentences, the is article-determiner; three is ...
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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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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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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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Difference between "not any" and "no any"

I'm wondering what the difference between "There is no any type of harm done to animals" and "There is not any type of harm done to animals" is? Moreover, in contracting the negative phrase "There isn'...
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not (a) or no proof (article yes/no?)

How should I use nouns like proof or evidence in a sentence that requires the noun to be negated when the noun is countable/uncountable? How do I know whether or not to put an article and when to use ...
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"We fans" or "us fans"?

I was wondering, if I want to point out to someone that me and another specific group of people are fans of something, should I use the pronoun "us" or "we" in conjunction with "fans"? Example: ...
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"an iconic species of (?) toothed whale" -- an omission of the article

Example with a context (Rare deep-sea encounter with sperm whale videotaped off Louisiana): The footage reveals the curious nature of an iconic species of toothed whale that is known to dive ...
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How do I avoid using the double "that that"s in my writings?

I have a terrible habit of saying "that that"; what words can I use to mitigate this? Here are two examples: I believe that that movie was immoral. I went to Walgreens and found out that ...
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Can 'that' ever modify book in these sentences?

Can that (either separately or as the first word of a phrase) modify "book" in the following: 1 I have never heard of that Jane Austen's book. I.e., can the sentence be equivalent to I have ...
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a number of / the number of

I have a question. I know 'a number of ' means 'a lot', and 'the number of' means 'the quantity of'. so.. I say, 'a number of apples.' and then, I want to repeat the phrase 'a number of apples' ...
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Another people!

A little while ago, I was listening to the radio show "A way with words" (episode: Upstairs basement 9 June 2014) when I heard the host Grant saying that phrase. I had to do a little research and ...
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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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Why is "whatsoever" used here?

I've been into the use of "any" in positive sentences, and I crossed that this sense of "any" can also be used with "whatsoever" to add emphasis, such as: If you have ...
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Is it OK to follow a possessive determiner by the word "such"?

A file whose filename ends with a date-and-time suffix that is separated by @ is a copy that is created to compare it later with the current version of the file and with other such copies of that file ...
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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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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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All used before

In the following sentence I am vexed at him for what all he has done for him till date.  I think the above sentence is wrong because all(determiner) is placed before numbers, my, your etc And ...
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Using "their" or "its" when referring to an inanimate object

I'm a bit confused on the usage of "their" and "its". For example, if I had the following phrase: Each of these programs had ______ code reviewed by an expert. Will I use "their code" or "its code"...
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"I want four more" or "I want more four"?

What's the natural order in the following sentence? Where should I put the word "more" in the following sentences? My friend told me that we have already 4 oranges. I want to tell him that: Okay,...
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"be n-dimensional vector of variables" vs "be an n-dimensional vector of variables"

For the determiner in English, I learn that they are used in many different situations. For example, a is used before a noun. However, sometimes I misuse it. Therefore, I would like to understand it, ...
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many `a` in my sentence with purple

Suppose I have a set of numbers. Then, suppose further that I take a sample of this set. Which of my sentences is correct? and why? Let (0,2) be a sample from a set S of discrete numbers or Let (0,...
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Can the indefinite article be omitted in this sentence?

Consider The variables show low correlation. vs The variables show a low correlation. Is one version simply wrong? Is one more idiomatic than the other?
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