Determiners

A Determiner is a word or a group of words which introduce a noun. Determiners are used before the noun. The main objective of a determiner is to refer to or to quantify the noun it is used with.

Determiners can be classified into the following types:

Articles: Articles are one of the most common kinds of determiners. ‘A’ and ‘an’ are indefinite article as they do not refer to any specific object. ‘The’ is the definite article and is more specific.

For example: I want a pink dress. (Any pink dress would do)

I’ll take the pink dress. (Referring to a particular pink dress)

Demonstrative Pronouns: Demonstrative pronouns are used to replace the nouns that have already been mentioned. “This, that, these and those” are demonstrative pronouns.

For example: This is my workstation.

I want that horse.

Possessive pronouns: Possessive pronouns are used to show ownership. My, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your and yours are examples of possessive pronouns.

For example: This is my school and that is yours.

Numerals: When numerals appear before nouns, they are considered determiners. Cardinal numerals when placed before nouns express quantity, whereas ordinal numbers express, when placed similarly, express sequence.

For example: Cardinal numbers- One flower, five bees, etc.

Ordinal numbers- first cousin, third year, etc.

Indefinite Adjectives: Indefinite adjectives are used to refer to an unspecified quantity. Some, any, few, many, etc. are some examples of indefinite adjectives.

For example: Some people were displeased with his behavior.

There aren’t any chocolates left.

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