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Chapter 2: Determiners


CBSE solutions for Class 9 English Communicative - Workbook Interact in English Chapter 2 Determiners Exercise [Pages 21 - 32]

Exercise | Q 1 | Page 21

Complete the introduction given below to the story The Story Teller by Saki (H.H. Munro), by using ‘a’ ‘art’ or ‘the’’:

The afternoon was hot, and so was (a)______ railway carriage. (b)_______ next stop was at Templecombe, nearly (c)______ hour ahead. In the carriage were a small girl, (d)______ smaller girl, and a small boy. (e)________ aunt belonging to (f)______ children sat in (g)_________ comer seat, and in (h)_______ further comer seat on (i)______ opposite side, was a man who was a stranger to them, but (j)_____ small girls and the small boys were (k)_________ ones who filled the compartment. The children chatted on and on to their aunt, like (l)____ housefly that refuses to be put off. Most of the aunt’s remarks seemed to begin with “Don’t”, and nearly all of (m)______ children’s remarks began with “Why?”

Exercise | Q 1.1 | Page 21

(a) Answer the following questions:

  1.  Where were the characters at the time of narration?
  2. Who was travelling with the aunt?
  3. How did the children pass their time?
  4. How long would they take to reach Templecombe?
  5. How does the aunt respond to the children’s antics? Why do you say so?

(b) You must have used a variety of articles in your answer. Why did you use them? Discuss the reasons with your teacher.

Study the following pair of sentences from the description. Notice the use of
articles-a, an or the or no article (X).
e.g. The next stop was at X Templecombe.
An aunt belonging to the children sat in one corner.
In the corner sat a stranger.
Hence we conclude
1. No article is used before a proper noun.
2. 'The' is used to refer to a specific place/person/ object.
3. 'A' is used when the person/place is referred to for the first time.
4. 'An' is used before a vowel sound.

Exercise | Q 2 | Page 22

Look at the numbers on the map, and match them with the names given in the box below.

Exercise | Q 2.1 | Page 23

An astronaut is speaking to the Mission Control from her capsule, describing geographical features she can see on Earth. Decide which features she is talking about. Fill in the gaps in the astronaut’s description below. Use the names given in the box with the correct determiners (a, an, the). (The first two have been done for you):
“There is very little cloud cover at 

  1. The moment. I can see India right below me.
  2. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are clearly visible, and of course there is
  3.  ______ to the south. I can see where
  4.  ______ flows into
  5. ______ A little higher are the glistening snows of
  6.  _______but I can’t see
  7.  _______itself. I can just make out
  8. _______ to the west. I’m passing over
  9. _______ right now. To the north, I can just see
  10. _______in the centre of the vast expanse of
  11. _______ In the far north, the ice of
  12. _______ is clearly visible.”
Exercise | Q 3 | Page 24

Choose a suitable word from the options given and complete the story from Tunisia.

A weary traveller stopped at a Bedouin’s tent and asked for shelter for the night. Without (a)_______ delay, the man killed (b) _______chicken and handed it to (c)_______ wife for (d)___________ guest’s supper. As the woman stirred the meat in (e) _______ copper cooking pot, she smelled the rich steam and could not resist tasting (f)________ of the meat and soup, to see if it was soft and tasty. But mouthful followed mouthful, and there wasn’t (g)__________chicken left but for the neck piece, which she gave to her little son to nibble. The boy found it so tasty that he whined, “Give me (h)_______ more chicken, mother!” The woman slapped the little boy and scolded him: “It’s a shameful habit (i)______ father taught you, enough of it, I tell you!” On the (j) _______ side of the wooden hanging which screened the woman’s part of the tent from the rest, the traveller overheard them. “What habit has (k)______ father taught (l) _______ child?” he asked curiously. “Oh,” said the woman, “whenever a guest arrives at (m)_______ tent, he cuts off his ears and roasts them over the fire for (n)______ son to eat.” Making not a sound, the traveller picked up (o)_______ shoes and ran.

(a) (i) no any (ii) little (iii) any (iv) no
(b) (i) a few (ii) some (iii) few (iv) a
(c) (i) his (ii) her (iii) their (iv) there
(d) (i) the (ii) a (iii) theirs (iv) their
(e) (i) her (ii) hers (iii) the (iv) an
(f) (i) some (ii) few (iii) a few (iv) more
(g) (i) any (ii) some (iii) a few (iv) few
(h) (i) little (ii) a little (iii) a few (iv) some
(i) (i) hers (ii) yours (iii) their (iv) his
(j) (i) another (ii) another (iii) other (iv) one
(k) (i) hers (ii) her (iii) him (iv) his
(l) (i) a (ii) an (iii) the (iv) x
(m) (i) x (ii) our (iii) ours (iv) their
(n) (i) their (ii) his (iii) him (iv) our
(o) (i) her (ii) his (iii) our (iv) x
Exercise | Q 3.1 | Page 24

Based on your reading of the above story, answer the following questions:

  1.  How did the Bedouin and his wife extend their hospitality to the weary traveller?
  2. Why didn’t she have any meat left to serve her guest?
  3. Why was her son crying out aloud?
  4. How did she cover up her mistake?
  5. Why did the traveller flee from the tent?
Exercise | Q 4 | Page 25

Why do you use the determiners? Match the determiners with their uses, using the clues given below:

  1. their; his; her; your;____  _________
  2. a few; a little; some;____  _________
  3. any ____  _________
  4. this; these; other___  _________
  5. two____  _________

Exercise | Q 5 | Page 25

Here are a few questions and statements written down by the Cultural Secretary that she/ he needs to share. Tick the correct words from those given in brackets:

  1. How (much/many) (chair/chairs) do we need?
  2. (Much/Several) (school/schools) will be participating.
  3. (Several/Much) (student/students) have arrived.
  4. How (much/many) (information/informations) does this brochure give?
  5. We have only (a few/a little) sponsors for (some/much) events.
Exercise | Q 5.1 | Page 25

In pairs, study the completed sentences in 5 above. You will notice that words like a little and much go with certain nouns. Are these nouns Countable [C] or Uncountable [U]?

Exercise | Q 6 | Page 26

Comparing Quantities
Study the following graph depicting major exports from Medland in the
current year.


Write a short report on major exports from Medland this year compared with the last year.  Use words from the box above. Divide your report into two paragraphs as indicated: 

Medland’s Export Trends

 On the whole, Medland exported slightly less this year than the last year. Concerning foodstuffs,
As regards non-edible goods,_____________________________________________

Exercise | Q 7 | Page 27

In pairs, match A and B to produce likely phrases.




A pair of

A piece of


There is sometimes more than one sensible combination as in the example.

Exercise | Q 7.1 | Page 28

Look at the pairs below. Draw a sketch to show the difference in meaning, as in the example:

  1. (a) cloth
    (b) a cloth
  2. (a) rubber
    (b) a rubber
  3. (a) lamb
    (b) a lamb
  4. (a) glass
    (b) a glass
Exercise | Q 8 | Page 28

Compounds—someone, nothing etc.

someone anyone none everyone
somebody anybody nobody everybody
something anything nothing everything
somewhere anywhere nowhere everywhere

(Words ending with one and body mean the same.)
Fill in the gaps with some of the words from the table above:

  1. He can’t hear _____ . He’s completely deaf.
  2.  _______ is going blurred. I can’t see!
  3. He’s looked ______ but he can’t find it.
  4. It must be _________ ! Look carefully.
  5. ______ must move or the horse will be scared.
  6.  It doesn’t matter what you wear, ______ will do.
  7.  She is very popular. _______ likes her.
  8. Shh! There is _____________ moving downstairs.
  9. Don’t worry! It’s _________ frightening. It is only the wind.
  10. It’s a public holiday, so____________ is open.
Exercise | Q 9 | Page 29

Both, all, neither, none

Exercise | Q 9.1 | Page 29

Work in pairs and recognise how many words belong to each set. Complete the sentences as in the example. Use words only from the box above:

  1. Chemical elements?
    Mercury, iron, ammonia__________ of___________ are chemical elements.
  2. Countries in South America?
    Brazil, Syria, Sumatra One____________ is a country in South America.
  3. Rivers?
    Hwang Ho, Mekong ____________ them are rivers.
  4. Languages?
    Telugu, Bengali, Punjabi, Holland____________are languages.
  5. Capital cities?
    Pokhara, Mandalay, New York, Melbourne___________of ____________a capital.
  6. Grow on trees?
    Pineapple, tomato_______________ of them grows on trees.
  7. Religions?
    Taoism, Democracy, Communism ____________of ____________ is a religion.
  8. Units of currency?
    rupee, kyat, yen, dollar, baht, rupiah ____________are units of currency.
Exercise | Q 9.2 | Page 30

(a) Write three similar quiz questions on a piece of paper as part of homework.
(b) Pairwork: Swap questions with your partner. Write the answers to your partner’s questions and return them to be marked by your partner.

Exercise | Q 10 | Page 31

Personal Pronouns

Read the following conversation:
Malavika and Deepak are looking through some photographs of Malavika’s family.

Malavika : Now … this is my brother Shantanu. Shantanu is in Class VIII. Shantanu is brilliant at playing tennis. Shantanu is also good at singing. Shantanu sings a lot.
Deepak : Shantanu sounds interesting. I’d like to meet Shantanu. I’m looking for someone to play tennis with.
Malavika : Well … why don’t you come around tonight and meet Shantanu? My parents will be out. My parents always go out on Tuesdays.

Improve the above conversation by using suitable pronouns where required.

Exercise | Q 10.1 | Page 31

Look at the passage below and study how the personal pronouns refer to different people.

Exercise | Q 10.2 | Page 31

Now read this extract from a story and draw arrows (as in the example above) to show how the personal pronouns refer to the different people and things.

Leena was on her annual visit to her uncle's house. She always enjoyed it because she was allowed to spend most of the day down at the mango grove. Leena's uncle was a friend of the man who owned the grove and he always gave a special rate. This year Leena's aunt joined her, and together they set off across the fields to the grove. The branches of the trees were covered with fruits, and so bowed down with the weight that they almost touched the ground. They spent hours picking fruit, eating most of it and sleeping in the shade.

Exercise | Q 11 | Page 32

Understanding determiners.
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
on context.
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.

Chapter 2: Determiners

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