Determiners are equally essential  with other topics in developing your English language skill.  Determiners are used in order to clarify or modify the noun. There are four types of determiners.  And, each of its types has different determiner examples.

These determiners are articles, quantifiers, demonstratives, and possessive determiners. Each of the the following determiner plays an important role in each and every sentences you are making. It emphasizes, gives descriptions, and identity the noun it has been associated with.

So, in this blog, we will learn about the different determiner examples, type of determiners, and common errors committed every time we are using it.

Articles

determiner examples- Article

The different determiner examples for article are a, an, and the.

Article A

A is an article used right before a singular noun that begins with a consonant letter. Take note, the placement of “a” is at the beginning, at the middle, or at the end of the sentence.

Example:

She is a doctor.

I had a dream last night.

He is a teacher and a soldier.

A cow’s milk is one of the sources of milk.

A woman of dignity is a woman worthy of praise.

Article An

The article “an” is used right before a singular noun that begins with a vowel letter. Take note, it can be found similarly with the article “a”, at the beginning, middle, or end of the sentence.

Examples:

My older brother is an engineer.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

My mother is an advocate of peace and unity.

The lady next door is an architect and also a singer.

An egg once a day is enough to give us an adequate protein.

Article “The”

The is an article that covers a lot of things. These are the following uses and determiner examples for the article “the”.

·         Used to refer to a group as a whole

Examples:

The jury is decided already so there is no turning back.

The Senate will have a reelection tomorrow because of some anomalies.

The pack of wolves is rushing down from the mountain because there are hunters hunting them. 

·         Used to indicate an abstract idea

Examples:

The sanctity of human mind leaves me breathless.

The pursuit of happiness lies between you and your mindset.

The blind love is for the weak because love sees everything but still accepts.

·         Used to generic term for a noun

Examples:

The dog is a domestic animal.

The book in the lobby is wet because of the leak from the roof.

The bread and butter is my favorite breakfast combination because it is delicious.

·         Used to refer to specific adjective or an ordinal number

Examples:

She is at the second phase of her arduous labor.

She is the first runner-up of Ms. Universe 2017.

It is the worst nightmare in the history of all my nightmares.

·         Used to designate a certain class as the best or most worthy

Examples:

This is the best mango pie in the country.

My trip to London is the vacation I have been dreaming of.

The United States of America is a progressive country because of its strong economy.

·         Used to refer to a plural form of family’s surname to indicate all the members of the family

Examples:

The Smiths

The Joneses

The Johnsons

·         Used before a proper noun

Examples:

The New York Police Department is doing a great job.

The Avengers: Infinity War is the highest grossing film this year.

The United States of America is a progressive country because of its strong economy.

Common Errors in using Articles

Avoid using indefinite articles a and an to plural nouns.

Examples:

Incorrect: They are a good girls because they follow the rules.

Correct:  They are good girls because they follow the rules.

Incorrect: She showed me her an eggs collection.  

Correct: She showed me her eggs collection.

We cannot use indefinite articles “a” and “an” to unspecific number of nouns

Example:

Incorrect: I would like a strawberries please.

Correct: I would like some strawberries please

Article “a” is for consonants and “an” is for vowels.

Examples:

Incorrect: A apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Correct: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Incorrect: My parrot is an colorful bird and also a smart one.  

Correct: My parrot is a colorful bird and also a smart one.

Demonstratives

determiner examples- demonstratives

There are 4 determiner examples for demonstratives. These are this, those, that, and these. These determiner examples focus on the location of the subject.

This

“This” is used with singular nouns that are near the speaker.

Examples:

Is this the toy that you are looking for?

This big clock wakes me up every morning so I never been late. 

This book is an epitome of good writing and creative imagination.

That

That is used with singular nouns that are far from the speaker.

Examples:

That car is swiveling like a daredevil.

Please get that book that is on the table.

That big clock from the tower is so magnificent.

That acacia tree is the oldest tree standing in the middle of the park.

These

The demonstrative “these” is used with plural nouns that are close to the speaker.

Examples:

Are these cars ready to be towed?

These books are creatively written and have much imagery.

These pens need to be sharpened for the examination tomorrow.

Those

The demonstrative “those” is used with plural nouns that far to the speaker.

Examples:

Those bright lights are sights to behold.

Are those cars belonging to your rich uncle?

Those shiny shoes are very tempting because it makes me feel I want to buy them all.

Common Errors in Using Demonstratives

This and that are used in informal speeches.  Use a and man or the and the description in formal speaking engagements like academics or business.

Incorrect: I will interview this guy later.

Correct: I will interview a man later.

Incorrect: I have never done any transactions with that woman.

Correct: I have never done any transactions with the old woman.

Take note, using this and that in any formal sentences bring out a berating effect to the whole context of the sentence thus the emergence of this rule.

 

Possessive Determiner

Possessive Determiner

A possessive determiner is used as a function word before a noun to express ownership or belonging.

Furthermore, possessive determiner examples are my, your, his, her, its, our, and their.

My

The determiner “my” means belonging to or associated with the speaker. Furthermore, “my” can be put at the beginning or at the middle of the sentence  and never at the end of the sentence.

Example:

My name is Louis John Smith.

She is my favorite teacher because she is kind and funny.

My plan is to surprise him however he is not really into it.

Your

The determiner “your” defines as belonging or owning to the person or group of people being spoken or written to. Furthermore, my can be put at the beginning or at the middle of the sentence.

Examples:

It is not your fault for a reason that it’s just an accident.

Is this really your plan because it’s not working out pretty well?

Your mother is driving me crazy so please just see her alone.

His

His is one of the determiner examples which is used to refer to a belonging of a male person. Moreover, his can be put at the beginning, at the middle, and at the end of the sentence.

Examples:

His name is Louis John Smith.

This tire company is his business.

This bag is his so give it it back to him.

Her

“Her” is used to refer to a woman’s belonging. Also, it can be put at the beginning, at the middle, and at the end of the sentence.

Examples:

She is her own kind of boss.

These clothes belong to her.

Her name is Danica Rose Smith.

Its

The determiner “its” is used to refer to a belonging to or connected with the thing or an animal without a specific gender.

Examples:

The dog always wags its tails because he likes you.

The book has its flaws nevertheless it is still entertaining.

Their house has its own swimming pool and a trampoline because they are all fun people.

Whose

The possessive determiner “whose” is used in interrogative sentences to inquire about possession.

Examples:

Whose car is that in the driveway because it’s blocking my way. 

Do you know whose idea this birthday party was,? That’s because I really love it.

I need to find out whose book is this for a reason that I  think it has a sentimental value to the owner.

Common Errors in Using Possessive Determiner Examples

Your and You’re

You’re is the contraction of the pronoun “you” and the helping verb “are”. While, “your” talks about ownership.

Your:

I love your long hair.

Your bag is full of garbage.

You’re:

You’re the most beautiful girl in the world.

I think you’re responsible of that dirt on the window pane.

It’s and Its

It’s” is a contraction of “it is” meanwhile, “its” is used to show ownership of an uncertain noun.

Its:

The dog always wags its tails.

The book has its flaws nevertheless it is still entertaining.

It’s:

It’s ideal to call first than to go there now.

Well, the decision, for me, it’s not feasible.

Who’s and whose

Who’s is a contraction of “who is” on the other hand whose is a possessive determiner asking about someone’s ownership.

Whose:

How will you know whose bag is this?

Whose fault is that you believe instantly?

Who’s:

Who’s your bet to win the crown?

That way he can do what he wants and who’s to know?

Quantifiers

determiner examples-Quantifiers

Quantifiers are words that precede the noun and modify the noun.

They tell us how much or how many. Furthermore, choosing the correct quantifier lies in your knowledge about countable and uncountable nouns.

Many, few, a few, several, and none are quantifiers for count nouns or countable nouns.

Examples:

Many students are not really into studying.

He was such a wonderful person in so many ways.

Examples:

I have few candies left.

Few children are into space travel and exploration.

Examples:

It took me several hours to respond to their call because I was busy swimming.

We hadn’t spoken for several months because we had a huge argument over something.

Examples:

There is none like you so please don’t go away.

It’s none of my business how you run this outfit so back off.

Much, little, a bit of, and a good deal of are quantifiers for mass nouns or uncountable nouns.

Examples:

How much did you pay for it?
I love you very much because you are honest and caring.
Examples:
She has a little idea about the project.
I have a little patience left so please behave accordingly.
Examples:
Just a little bit of your heart because it’s all I’m asking for.
I’m a little bit shy when I was in high school due to my overweight body.

Examples:

She got a good deal of bad luck yesterday.

Mr. Smith made a good deal of money out of those garbage so he made it into a business.

Both count nouns and non-count nouns use the determiner examples  some, all, most,  and enough.

Examples:

The boy can have some cookies, and the girls can have some cake.

For some reasons, I could not sleep for two consecutive days, that’s why I look so tired.

Examples:

I think they are all having fun because of the trampoline.

 The calming and soothing music wiped away all of my tears.

Examples:

She is the most beautiful girl in the world.

I love most of the cookies sold in our place because they are nutty and chewy.

Examples:

I was not enough so go.

There is enough food for the refugees because UN sent a ration yesterday.

Common Errors in Using Quantifiers

You can’t make some uncountable nouns plural by adding “s” after them. Just add quantifiers like some, any or many.

Examples:

Incorrect: I need your feedbacks because it will be used in the research.

Correct: I need some feedback because it will be used in the research.

The quantifier “most” is a quantifier of proportion in which case the definite article (the) is not used.

Incorrect: The most students are eager to learn because they like their teacher.

Correct: Most students are eager to learn because they like their teacher.

In using a little and a few, avoid using “any” in any part of the sentence because any negates the positive definition of a little and a few.

Incorrect: A few of the students asked any of their professor to have an extra lecture time.

Correct: A few of the student asked their professor to have an extra lecture time.

There are more determiner examples we will learn soon. Just stay tuned!

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