determiners

  • Determiners are words like the, my, this, some, either, every, enough, several.
    Determiners come at the beginning of noun phrases, but they are not adjectives.
    the moon a nice day my fat old cat this house
    every week several young students
    We cannot usually put two determiners together. We can say the house, my house or this house, but not the my house or the this house or this
  • There are two groups of determiners:
    Group A

    a/an the
    my your his her its our your their one’s whose
    this these that those

    Group B
    some any no
    each every either neither
    much many more most little less least
    few fewer fewest enough several
    all both half
    what whatever which whichever

  • If we want to put a group B determiner before a group A determiner, we have to use of.
      [ group B determiner + of + group A determiner]
      some of the people each of my children neither of these doors most of the time which of your records enough of those remarks Before of we use none, not no, and everyone, not every.
      none of my friends every one of these books We can leave out of after all, both and half, all (of) his ideas both (of) my parents.
  • We can use group B determiners alone (without nouns). We can also use them with of before pronouns.
      ‘Do you know Orwell’s books?’ ‘Yes, I’ve read several’
      ‘Would you like some water?’ ‘I’ve got some, thanks.’
      neither of them most of us which of you