Nouns are often preceded by determiners. A determiner is a word that identifies whether a noun is general or specific.
Articles(a, an, the)
Ben read a book about the economy.
(a comes before general nouns that begin with a consonant)
Zoe saw an elephant at the zoo.
(an comes before a general noun that begins with a vowel)
The movie that I saw last night is excellent.
(the comes before a specific noun)
Indefinite Pronouns (any, all, both, each, either, every, few, little, many, much)
Any student who did badly on the test can retake it.
I could not find any apples in the refrigerator.
(any can come before a singular or a plural noun)
All homework should be completed by tomorrow.
All games will be played despite the rain.
(any can come before a singular or plural noun)
Both children arrived on time.
(both comes before a plural noun)
Each boy has his own bedroom.
(each comes before a singular noun)
Either book is a good choice.
(either comes before a singular noun)
Every school will be closed tomorrow.
(every comes before a singular noun)
Few people have climbed to the top.
(few comes before a plural noun)
Little water can be found in the area..
(little comes before a non-count noun)
Manypeople have seen the movie.
(many comes before a plural noun)
Much time will be spent conducting research.
(much comes before a non-count noun)
many/few versus much/little
many and few come before count nouns
much and little come before count nouns
Demonstrative Pronouns (this, that, these, those)
This book is excellent.
(this comes before a singular noun that is close by in space or time)
That book is excellent.
(that comes before a singular noun that is not close by in space or time)
These books are excellent.
(these comes before a plural noun that is close by in space or time)
Those books are excellent.
(those comes before a plural noun that is not close by in space or time)
Numbers (one, two, three, four) come before count nouns only.
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