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English Grammar: Determiners

A Determiner is a specific word that appears before a noun or noun phrase. It not only specifies quantity but also clarifies what the noun refers to. It helps to identify whether the noun or noun phrase is specific or general.

  • Determiners are words that introduce nouns and help provide more information about them.
  • Determiners are a class of words in grammar that are used to modify and provide more information about nouns.
  • Determiners function to specify or determine which particular person, thing, or things we are referring to in a sentence.
  • Determiners help add detail or clarity to nouns by indicating things like possession, quantity, definiteness, and more.

Types of Determiners

(a, an, the)

I was eating an apple then.
He is a good human being.
What an amazing idea!
Mary is a very intelligent girl.
I saw the thief running away from that house.
I am looking for the red pen which I lost in the morning.
A doctor saves the patient, but a teacher saves the nation.
I love a wild flower.
A dog is an honest animal.
The neighbouring dog always barks at me.
John is an engineer.
Peter is the Physics teacher.
The sun sets in the West.
Could you please, bring me a glass of water?
Elizabeth is an amazing dancer.
It is a very good decision on your part.
She is a four-year-old girl.
The President is going to address the people tomorrow.
The boy, sitting there is my cousin.
A book is true friend of man.
The movie I watched yesterday was very thrilling.
Peter is an excellent rugby player.
The staff meeting was called off in the morning.
He is a very compassionate person.
You are the best administrator.
I saw a terrible dream last night.

(this, that, these, those)

This movie is quite boring.
That idea is amazing.​
These muffins are delicious.
Those children are really mad.
That was the best day in my life.
This is my handbag.
That’s really unbelievable!
These flowers are still fresh.
This is the only option left now.
That was yours choice.
Those people are really suffering.
This is going to lead to the World War-III.
These colours are so gaudy.
You should not have done that.
This is your mistake completely.
He might have committed that crime.
These things have become rare now.
He is not that much good to trust in.
These nuclear weapons are tremendously fatal.
Those were the beautiful days!
Thousands of people left that city out of terror.
It is only he who did that thing.
I don’t understand how to deal with this problem.
That’s really great!
Those people seem to be following us.
This may be the end of the pandemic.
These are my childhood toys.
That’s the spirit!
This is not good for health.

Pronouns & Possessive Determiners
(my, your, his, her, its, our, their)

She is my great mother.
Your behaviour was so foolish.
It was his guilt, not hers.
Is that your wallet?
Their house is very big.
One must learn to do things on one’s own.
Its colour is fading away.
We must do our job with integrity and honesty.
His nature is not good at all.
I will carry out my duties sincerely.
Their dog keeps barking day and night.
Her performance was the best.
I remember his words still today.
Your cellphone is heavier than mine.
His is the lead role in the upcoming movie.
I don’t like your stubbornness.
She is very proud of her extreme beauty.
His eyes were red with anger.
You must be careful with your words.
Their conduct was very rude towards us.
My life, my laws!
He is so much obsessed with his past life.
Our real strength lies in the unity.
You must understand your responsibility.
That is their fault.
His father is very strict.
Your harsh words hurt me a lot.
Her mother is her role-model.

Possessive Nouns
(dog’s, bird’s, man’s, child’s, school’s etc.)

It’s my baby’s dress.
That flower’s colour is very pleasant.
This is my son’s bedroom.
Mumbai’s climate is so damp.
That student’s behaviour was arrogant.
Jane’s engagement is fixed.
This is Mr. Bennet’s house.
The company’s logo was very wonderful.
That product’s price is really high.
Robert’s car is terrible.
It’s an international women’s day on 8th march.
Sheep’s fleece feels so soft.
John’s laptop is very expensive.
Tom Cruise’ hair-cut was very popular then.
That movie’s story is so interesting.
The prime minister’s speech was worth-listening.
Emma’s voice is honey-coated.
That cat’s colour is black and white.
This tree’s fruits are very sweet.
Clara’s face is looking pale.
That player’s performance was outstanding.
The princess’ crown was made up of diamonds.
Fish curry’s taste is so good.
His shirt’s colour is too dark.
Jane’s complexion is white.
Peter’s eyes are like cat.
His room’s lights are still on.
Mary’s assignments are complete.
That pond’s water is pure.

(all, both, half, either, neither, each, every)

Both John and Jane are best friends.
Half of the cake is finished.
Each of them is looking happy.
Every vote is important.
All children are playing on the ground.
He drank all of the juice.
Every man needs money.
Both of his cars are white.
Neither pen is working.
He eats half of an apple every morning.
Could you please, bring me half a glass of water?
All of them have gone home.
He works out every morning.
Each of you must attend the class.
You can come either today or tomorrow.
Neither of them is going on leave.
All that glitters is not gold.
Both of them are busy right now.
Every coin has two sides.
Neither John nor Peter showed interest in the game.
All of them are going out of station tomorrow.
Either dog was barking in the neighbourhood.
Both of them swim well.
I will eat either grapes or banana, not both.
Neither of them is willing to work sincerely.
All students must follow discipline.
Both trees will bear fruits soon.
Each of them is eagerly waiting for the show to start.
Every word should be chosen thoughtfully.

(ten, twenty, sixty etc.)

There were forty students in the class.
He has three pens.
Harry is eighteen-year-old now.
He ordered two cakes.
Eleven is my lucky number.
She has around five novels of Jane Austen.
I have two brothers.
Three of them went to the party.
You have ten semesters in all for this degree course.
There are twelve members in his family.
He acted in more than hundred movies.
There were five stray kittens in the bush.
In the group, there are two boys and four girls.
We were two hundred people in the auditorium.
He has two wives and four children.

(rather, such, what, quite)

He is such a mean person.
Jane is quite good by nature.
Her mother is rather nice person.
Harper broke both his arms in the accident.
All her friends had come to her birthday party.
What an idea!
It was such a good thing to do.
Elsie is rather quick in giving answers in the class.
That was quite a nice surprise.
I would rather be a pagan.
You should not do such silly things.
He has quite a good reputation as a lawyer.
What a beautiful work of art!
What an interesting book it is!
Such a selfish person you are!
I would prefer to work in Linux rather than Windows.
The movie was quite good.
What a funny joke it is!
It was such a memorable day!
I would rather prefer to die than to marry you.
The seminar was quite enlightening.
The question-paper was such a difficult.
What nonsense!
Jack is rather fast in speaking.
The weather is quite hot.
I am feeling rather suffocated here.
He is such a nice person.

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