PRE-DETERMINERS AND DETERMINERS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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Look at the passage, and you will see that ‘the’ keeps coming up and some other words in front of nouns. Most words that take the position of ‘the’ in front of the noun are called determiners.
a very big snake/the python, the game, all attempts etc.
Pre-determiners: These stand in front of the determiners as is the case in what ‘what a cruel reality’/such a beast others are All the boys, how big a punishment for so small a crime, both the boys and girls.
Types of determiners
Articles – definite article ‘the‘ for both singular and plural.
–indefinite article: ‘a’, ‘an’ with ‘some’ as a functional plural.
–Partitive article: rare in English but approximated to ‘some’. In French ‘du’ riz, ‘de la‘ viande.
–Negative article: ‘no’ No dog can resist this.
– Zero article/zero determiner: In this case, a noun is not preceded by an article or determiner. Eg What a cruelty of___ nature./ He comes from__ France.
Possessive adjectives: ‘my’, ‘your’, ‘his’/’her’, ‘our’, ‘their’
demonstrative adjectives: ‘this’, ‘these’, ‘those’ ,’that’
numbers / numeral cardinal adjectives: four, six, thirty
numbers /numeral ordinal adjectives: First, second, third
indefinite adjectives: describing the noun in a non-specific sense Example: several, some, all, any, few, much, many, most, each
NB: We only have determiners when they precede a noun. Example: Her book, his pen. But This book is his/hers. They come after the verbs and are pronouns