Determiners are those little words that precede and modify nouns. They are used in front of nouns to indicate whether you are referring to something specific or something of a particular type.
Classification of Determiners
There are six classifications of determines.
Articles– Definite article- specific
XXXXXXIndefinite articles- general
Demonstrative adjectives– specific (see pronouns)
Possessive adjectives– specific (my car, see pronouns)
Possessive nouns– specific (Bob’s car, see pronouns)
There are three articles- ‘the’ (definite article), and ‘a’ and ‘an’ (indefinite articles).
The definite article is used to indicate something specific. It refers to a noun that is either understood
(by the reader or listener) or has been previously referred to by the writer or speaker.
The house I live in is very small.
The indefinite articles are used when referring to something or someone not specific or not known.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Note that A is used before nouns (or adjectives modifying those nouns) that begin with a consonant.
AN is used before nouns (or adjectives modifying those nouns) that begin with a vowel or vowel sound.
Doctors frequently order an x-ray to help diagnose health problems of their patients.
X-ray begins with a vowel sound and should take the article an.
Numbers indicate a specific number of items.
There were ten people waiting in the doctor’s reception area.
Quantifiers are indefinite pronouns– IF the noun they refer to immediately follow the pronoun. Below is a partial list of indefintie pronouns.
all another any both
each either few many
neither one some several
All animals in the zoo healthy.
Few politicians are really that trustworthy.
That girl with the red hair is gorgeous.
My house if old and dilapidated.
Bill’s computer just crashed.
For more information about determiners and their use take a look at
An explanation of determiners and the different classifications of determiners– www.understandinggrammar.com