Determiners are words that are used in front of nouns to indicate whether you are
referring to something specific or something of a particular type.
Singular nouns always need a determiner. In plural nouns, the determiner is
optional. Determiners may or may not be used with uncountable nouns depending
There are about 50 different determiners in the English language which include:
Articles: a, an, the
Possessives: my, your, our, their, his, hers, whose, etc.
Demonstratives: this, that these, those, which, etc.
Quantifiers: few, a few, many, much, each, every, some, any, etc.
Number: one, two, three, twenty, forty, etc.
Ordinals: first, second, last, next, etc.
Determiners are used
• to state the unit/ number of people, things or other nouns.
• to state possessives.
• to specify someone or something.
• to state how things or people are distributed.
• to state the difference between nouns.
Determiners can be classified under the following categories:
|MULTIPLIERS||double, twice, three times...||We want double portions.|
|FRACTIONS||half, a third, two fifths .....||I drove at half speed.|
|INTENSIFIERS||What! Such!||Such impudence!|
|QUANTIFIERS||all, both, most||I like most people.|
|ARTICLES||a, an, the||Get a book from the shelf.|
|DEMONSTRATIVES||this, that, these, those, another, other||That tree is in another garden.|
|DISTRIBUTIVES||each, every, either, neither||I have a gift for each person.|
|(i) PRONOMINAL||my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their||You can borrow Kim's video.|
|(ii) NOMINAL||Renata's, Adam's, People's ...||You can borrow my video.|
|INTERROGATIVES||What? Which? Whose?||Whose book is that?|
|QUANTIFIERS||some, any, no||I have no problem with them.|
|CARDINAL NUMBERS||one, two, three hundred .....||Two heads are better than one.|
|ORDINAL NUMBERS||first, fewer, much, more, less, least ......... .||It was my first tennis match.|
|(i) SIMPLE||few, fewer, much, more,
less, least ........... .
|I have few pals; Kim has
|(ii) COMPOUND||a little, a lot of, a great
deal of ....
|I have lots of time to spare.|