Determiners

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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