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What are determiners?

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

  • to define something or someone
    • The girl in the red hat.
    • The dog with the long tail.
  • to state the amount of people, things or other nouns
    • There are four people in the room.
    • There are a lot of toys on the floor.
  • to state possession
    • I like my car.
    • That is my sisters new dress.
  • to state something or someone is specific
    • I want the blue pen. I do not want the black pen.
    • We live in the big house at the end of the block.
  • to state how things or people are distributed
    • The dogs each get two cups of food.
    • There are more people that live in the city.
  • to state the difference between nouns
    • Do you want the green car or the white car?
    • Do you want the brown dog or the black dog?
  • to state someone or something is not specific
    • I need a blue pen. I do not care which blue pen.
    • I want some cake. I do not care which cake.

The type of determiner used depends on the type of noun.

  • Singular Nouns - always needs 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.


Types Of Determiners

No Article

A - An - The

A & An The Quiz

Much & Many

Much & Many Quiz

No & None

No & None Quiz

What are determiners?

That - This - These - Those

This & These Quiz

That & Those Quiz

Another Other The Other

Proximal Demonstratives

Distal Demonstratives

Interrogative Determiners

What are quantifiers?

Some & Any

Some & Any Quiz #1

Some & Any Quiz #2

Someone & Anyone

That & Which