|Determiners are words like the, a, my, these, some, either,
every, enough, several, other, more, too much/many and
few. Many noun phrases begin with a determiner.
the stars these towns every garden
an idea some coffee enough trouble
my cat either scheme several men
Determiners may be followed by adjectives,
the bright stars these small towns
every formal garden a crazy idea
some hot coffee my fat cat
enough grammatical trouble
either silly scheme several happy men
and some may be followed by other determiners
the other stars some more coffee a few men
There are two main groups of determiners; the links below
will take you to discussions of these two groups.
Group A Determiners
Group B Determiners
To understand the rules for using determiners it is important
to learn the difference between countable and uncountable
nouns. All nouns, except for proper nouns and pronouns,
can be placed in one of these two categories, and some
nouns can be used either way.
Link to Countable Nouns.
Link to Uncountable Nouns.
|A woman is
painting a rangoli.
articles - a/an, the
possessives - my,
hers, their's, one's
demonstratives - this,
that, these, those
sand-painting is a
beautiful work of
requires a determiner.
|This woman's aunt
painted a blue and
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