Notes On Determiners - CBSE Class 9 English Grammar

Determiners are words which come at the beginning of the noun phrase. They tell us whether the noun phrase is specific or general.

Determiners are either specific or general



Specific determiners:

The specific determiners are:

1. The definite article: the

2. Possessives: my, your, his, her, its; our, their, whose

  3. Demonstratives: this, that, these, those

  4. Interrogatives: which


(I) We use a specific determiner when we believe the listener/reader knows exactly what     we are referring to:

    Can you pass me the salt please?

    Look at those lovely flowers.

    Thank you very much for your letter.

    Whose coat is this?



General determiners:

(I) The general determiners are:

      a; an; any; another; other; what

    When we are talking about things in general and the listener/reader does not know         exactly what we are referring to, we can use a uncount noun or a plural noun with no     determiner:

      E.g. An injured man was lifted to safety by a helicopter.



(II) We use the general determiner another to talk about an additional person or thing:

      Would you like another glass of water?

      The plural form of another is other:

       I spoke to Sagar, Sanjeev and a few other friends.

Summary

Determiners are words which come at the beginning of the noun phrase. They tell us whether the noun phrase is specific or general.

Determiners are either specific or general



Specific determiners:

The specific determiners are:

1. The definite article: the

2. Possessives: my, your, his, her, its; our, their, whose

  3. Demonstratives: this, that, these, those

  4. Interrogatives: which


(I) We use a specific determiner when we believe the listener/reader knows exactly what     we are referring to:

    Can you pass me the salt please?

    Look at those lovely flowers.

    Thank you very much for your letter.

    Whose coat is this?



General determiners:

(I) The general determiners are:

      a; an; any; another; other; what

    When we are talking about things in general and the listener/reader does not know         exactly what we are referring to, we can use a uncount noun or a plural noun with no     determiner:

      E.g. An injured man was lifted to safety by a helicopter.



(II) We use the general determiner another to talk about an additional person or thing:

      Would you like another glass of water?

      The plural form of another is other:

       I spoke to Sagar, Sanjeev and a few other friends.

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