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What are Determiners? - English Grammar - Learn English Online


Determiners are words that are used with nouns to clarify the noun. They can clarify:

  • to define something or someone
  • to state the amount of people, things or other nouns
  • to state possessives
  • to state something or someone is specific
  • to state how things or people are distributed
  • to state the difference between nouns
  • to state someone or something is not specific

There are different types of determiners. There type of determiner depends on the type of noun. Singular nouns always need a determiner. Plural nouns the determiner is optional. Uncountable nouns the determiner is also optional.

There are about 50 different determiners in the English language they include:

  • Articles: a, an, the
  • Demonstratives: this, that, these, those, which etc.
  • Possessives: my, your, our, their, his, hers, whose, my friend's, our friends', etc.
  • Quantifiers:few, a few, many, much, each, every, some, any etc.
  • Numbers: one, two, three, twenty, forty
  • Ordinals: first, second, 1st 2nd, 3rd, last, next, etc.

What are determiners?

That - This - These - Those Determiners

What are quantifiers?

What are articles?

Some - Any

That - Which

A - An - The