Different Types of Deteminatives

I. Difference Between Determiners and Adjectives

  1. Articles

There are only three examples of articles, and these are: the, a, and an. The article “the” is considered as a definite article because it refers to a particular noun that is mentioned in the text, while the articles “a” and “an” are called indefinite articles because they point out to a class of noun mentioned in the sentence.

The indefinite articles “a” and “an” have the same function, but they are not interchangeable. The former is used if it precedes a noun that starts with a consonant (e.g., a bike; a gadget; a television), while the latter is used if the noun after it starts with a vowel (e.g., an eggplant; an architect; an umbrella).

Sample Sentences:The Eiffel Tower is a romantic destination.

Johnny is an Englishman.

Ethan is studying to be an engineer

2. Quantifiers

As the name suggests, quantifiers are used to express the quantity. It can answer the questions, “How much?” or “How many?” Some examples of quantifiers include: a few, enough, many, a little, most, some, any, and much.

Sample Sentences:

  • I have enough money.
  • We have much time.
  • She has few friends.

3. Demonstratives

This kind of determiners demonstrates and functions as pointers of a particular noun. Basically, demonstratives indicate the position or location of a noun from the point of view of the speaker. Some examples of demonstratives include: this, these, that, and those.

The demonstrative “this” is used for singular nouns that are near the speaker, while “these” is for plural nouns that are also close by. On the other hand, the demonstrative “that” is for a singular noun that is further away, and “those” is for plural nouns that are also far from the speaker.

Sample Sentences:

  • This laptop is mine.
  • That car is my uncle’s.
  • These cookies taste great.

4. Possessives

This type of determiners is used to express possession or ownership of a noun. Possessive determiners are different from possessive pronouns, because possessive pronouns can be independent or can stand alone. Some examples of possessives include: my, his, mine, our, their, and her.

Sample Sentences:

  • This is my car.
  • Is this his house?
  • Her mom is very pretty.

5. Interrogatives

As the term implies, the interrogative determiners are used for asking questions. The three examples of interrogatives are: what, whose, and which.

Sample Sentences:

  • What toppings do you want for your frozen yogurt?
  • Which school do you prefer?
  • Whose baby are you watching?

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