Determiners identify a noun, whether that noun is general or something specific. Determiners can also be thought of as a modifier for nouns, it works exactly like an adjective. It consists of:
Definite Article “The” :
- Pass me the papers that I need to sign.
- The Black bag on the table is mine.
In the above examples, ‘The’ is used to indicate a specific paper.
Indefinite Articles “a/an”:
- Bring me a headphone from the table.
- An elephant and a cat fell in love.
The above examples make use of “a/an” to indicate something in general.
- Your grades were horrible this semester.
- Her work is always completed on time.
- This documentary is quite detailed.
- That restaurant is known for its fried chicken.
- These examples would define what the demonstratives are.
- Which company do you work for?
- What is the scope of computer science?
The quantifiers are somewhat like determiners. However, they indicate quantity such as: “few, some, a lot, much, none, more, etc.”
- Traveling around the world requires a large amount of
- The picnic was much more fun than I expected.
Rules for countable and uncountable nouns:
For quantifiers, there are some quantifiers that could be used on with countable nouns and similarly, there are some that can only be used with uncountable nouns.
|Countable Nouns||Uncountable Nouns|
|a, an or the||the|
|this, that, these or those||This or that|
|A few, few, fewer than||A little, little, less than|
|A number of||Amount of|