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Determiners – English in a minute by Baroni Teacher



Determiners are words placed in front of a noun to make it clear what the noun refers to.  They always agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify.

There are 5 types of determiners:


1.- Articles

‘a’ and ‘an’ are indefinite articles, and ‘the’ is a definite article.


2.- Demonstratives

They show where an object, event, or person is in relation to the speaker.


3.- Possessives

They serve to express ownership or possession.  They do not replace a noun as pronouns do.


4.- Quantifiers

We use them when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.


5.- Predeterminers

They are words that come before a determiner and modify it. They are normally placed before an indefinite article and followed by the determiner.  ‘Such’ and ‘what’ are often used to express surprise or other emotions; ‘rather’ and ‘quite’ refer to the degree of a particular quality.

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