PRE-DETERMINERS AND DETERMINERS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Word that determines noun use: a word that appears before any descriptive adjective [immediately in front of the noun in the absence of an adjective or adverb]and decides the kind of reference that a noun has, e.g. “a,” “the,” “this,” “each,” “some,” “either,” “my,” and “your”

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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 articlethe‘ 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’

quantifiers: a few, a little, much, many, a lot of, most, any, enough

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

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