Other Types of Determiners : English Grammar for SBI IBPS Bank PO/ Clerk Exams

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A Determiner is a word that is placed just before a noun to give additional information about that noun and that’s why they are also classified as Adjectives.

Determiners are of four types:

  1. Demonstratives
  2. Possessives
  3. Quantifiers
  4. Articles

We have already studied about articles. Let’s study remaining in detail –

  1. Demonstratives
    This, That, These and Those are called Demonstratives.
    If you remember, these words are also used as Pronoun.
    Remember this small rule to find if these words are used as determiners or pronoun.

    If a demonstrative is followed by a noun it modifies, it’s called a determiner; however, if it’s not followed by a noun, it’s called a pronoun.
    Examples:
    This is my book. [This used as pronoun]
    This book is mine. [This is followed by a noun so it is used as a determiner]
    I hate this. [Used as a Pronoun]

    This is a cute dog. [Used as a Pronoun]
    These are my books. [Used as a Pronoun]
    That man is my dad. [Used as a Determiner]
    Those people are mad.[Used as a Determiner]

  2. Possessives
    His, Her, Your, Our, My, Their, Its are known as determiners. These words are always followed by a noun.
    Examples:
    His friend is an engineer.
    My sister will not go.
    Our bottles are kept on the table. 
    Their brothers were not present.

  3. Quantifiers
    Words or group of words, which are used before a noun to indicate the amount or quantity of that noun. Examples:
    Few – used with countable nouns. [Few boys]
    Less, Little – used with uncountable nouns. [Little water]
    Some – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [Some boys/ water]
    Any – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [Some boys/ water]
    Every – used with uncountable nouns. [Every person/ Every book/ Every boy]
    All – used with uncountable nouns. [All the friends/ All the people/ All the books]
    Each – used with uncountable nouns. [Each friend/ Each book/ Each boy]
    Both – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [Both the friends/ Both water & ice]
    Enough – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [Enough money/ Enough people]
    Full – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [Full glass, Full water]
    Half (½) – [Half glass water.]
    Quarter(¼) – [Quarter glass water.]
    Whole – [Whole world/ Whole wheat bread]
    More – used with countable & uncountable nouns. [More boys, More water]
    Less – used with uncountable nouns. [Less water ]
    Many – used with countable nouns. [Many boys]
    Much – used with uncountable nouns. [Much water]
    1,2,3,4,5 etc – used with countable nouns. [2 friends, 3 laptops]

     


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