Determiner and Quantifier: List, Definition, Examples and Quizzes

Starting Line: Determiner is a type of Modifier that is placed at the beginning of a Noun phrase. As it is important to determine a Noun phrase to understand a long sentence, so it is important to recognize a Determiner to understand a Noun phrase. Hence we are to represent here this grammar topic ‘Determiner’ with a related topic Quantifier. Here we have enclosed three quizzes which, we think, will help the learners gain mastery over this subject. Good luck!

1. A:  Boy is playing.
1. B:  A boy is playing.

2. A:  I like flower.
2. B:  I like this flower.

3. A: Hridoy borrowed blue raincoat.
3. B:  Hridoy borrowed my blue raincoat.

4. A:  Commerce graduate can apply.
4. B:  Any Commerce graduate can apply.

In each pair of the examples, sentence in B has an extra word. The word is placed before a noun. It determines whether the Noun or Noun phrase is specific or general; these words (A, this, my, Any) are called Determiner.

Determiners go before a Noun: my college, that car, each student etc.
Determiners go at the beginning of a Noun phrase: the beautiful bird, an interesting story, some grey bearded men etc.
♦ In respect of Parts of Speech, they work of an Adjective.

TO REMEMBER
  • Determiner is placed before Noun or Noun phrase.
  • They work as an Adjective; so, modifies the Noun or Noun phrase.
  • Being added with Noun, Determiner creates a Noun Phrase.
  • Being added with Noun Phrase, Determine creates a longer Noun Phrase.
  • Determiner may be Specific or General.

Determiners are easy to learn as they are mostly derived from the widely-used Possessive Pronoun, Demonstrative Pronoun, Indefinite Pronoun, Article and Adjective. Remember, Adjective of Quality is not used as Determiner.

Here is a well-organized list of the Determiners

List of Determiner

1. Article: a, an, the
2. Possessive Pronoun: my, our, your, his, her, their, its, whose, 
3. Possessive Noun: [John’s, Silvia’s, doctor’s, father’s etc.
4. Adjective of Number: One, two, three, first, second, third etc.
5. Indefinite Pronoun: few, more, each, every, either, all, both, some, many, any etc. 
6. Demonstrative Pronoun or Adjective: this, that, these, those, such
7. Interrogative: which
8. Quantifier: many, little, a little, few, a few, some, several, no, enough, all of the, most of the, none of the, lots of, plenty of, a lot of, a good deal of, a great deal of, a number of, a lack of, a huge amount of, a bit of, a large amount of etc.

Kinds of Determiner

Determiner is of two kinds—

A. Specific Determiner
B. General Determiner

A. Specific Determiner: Specific Determiners are those that specify the Noun. We use Specific Determiner when we want to refer something (Noun) to the listener exactly and specifically. It is also called the Definite Determiner.  Such as—
the, my, our, your, his, her, their, this, that, these, those, which etc.

B. General Determiner: General Determiners are those that do not specify the Noun. We use Specific Determiner when we do not refer something (Noun) to the listener specifically but do indefinitely. It is also called the Indefinite Determiner. Such as—
a, an, any, another, some, many, none etc.

Examples of Determiner

 

    • Ex-1: Henry likes her pet very much.
      [Here her is a Specific Determiner]
    • Ex-2: There is a little water in the glass.
      [Here a little is a Quantifier]
    • Ex-3: Though Jason’s friends met together in a restaurant, there was no fun.
      [Here Jason’s is a Specific Determiner and no is a Quantifier]
    • Ex-4: Each worker got his uniform.
      [Here each is a General Determiner and his is a Specific Determiner]
    • Ex-5: Whose bike are you riding.
      [Here whose is a Specific Determiner]
    • Ex-6: Colin did not have any scope to go home at this weekend.
      [Here any is a General Determiner and this is a Specific Determiner]
    • Ex-7: The woman is feeding her baby.
      [Here her is a Specific Determiner]
    • Ex-8: Please give me some money.
      [Here some is a Quantifier]
    • Ex-9: Yesterday I helped an old man cross a busy road
      [Here a and an are General Determiner]
  • Ex-10: Many people are going abroad to change their fat.
    [Here many is General Determiner or Quantifier and their is Specific Determiner]

Easy Quiz [Find Determiner]

Find Determiner from the following sentences

Answer the following questions about Determiner by selecting the best answer from the alternatives.
»10 questions are set
»Total marks: 10 (each carrying 1)
»Time allotted: 3 minutes

Quantifier


A Quantifier is a type of Determiner.

Like other Determiner, Quantifier precedes and modifies a Noun but it answers the question of ‘How many?’ and ‘How much?’.

♦ We use Quantifier when we want to give the readers or listeners information about the Number [ in case of Count Noun] and Quantity [ in case of Non-Count Noun] of something.

♦ Examples

Little water, many people, a few candidates, much experience, a little learning, all of the food, some salt etc.

**An essential list of Quantifier is given above.

 

TO REMEMBER ABOUT QUANTIFIER
  • Quantifier is a Determiner
  • Quantifier goes before a Noun or Noun phrase and modifies it.
  • Quantifier expresses Number and Quantity of the Noun.
  • We use Quantifier before Count Noun to express Number that answers the question ‘How many?
  • We use Quantifier before Non-Count Noun to express Quantity that answers the question ‘How much?’
  • There are Quantifiers that answer both the questions ‘How many?’ and ‘How much?

In our presentation, two terms have necessarily appeared: Count Noun and Non-Count Noun

  • Count Noun: Nouns that can be counted by number; such as book, pen, house, star, computer, plane, building, country, tree, river, bird, flower etc.
  • Non-Count Noun: Nouns that cannot be counted by number but are to be measured by other units; such as honey, milk, oil, soil, water, iron, salt, rice, air, gas, wood etc.

More about types of Noun

So, let us relist the Quantifiers in respect of Count Noun and Non-Count Noun

A. Quantifiers that go before Count Noun [How many?]

many, few, a few, fewer, fewest, very few, several, many of, few of, several of, a couple of, none of the etc.

B. Quantifiers that go before Non-Count Noun [How much?]

much, little, a little, less, least, much of, a bit of, a good deal of, a great deal of etc.

C. Quantifiers that go both before Count Noun and Non-Count Noun

more, most, some, most of the, all of the, the rest of, some of, a lot of, lots of, enough, plenty of etc.

Examples of Quantifier

 

  • Ex-1: Many candidates appeared at the job test but few of them passed.
    [How many candidates? Expresses Number of the candidates]
  • Ex-2: Little knowledge of science makes a man atheist.
    [How much? Expresses Quantity of knowledge]
  • Ex-3: All of the trees were cut down in need of road construction. 
    [How many trees. Here ‘all of the’ is used before Count Noun]
  • Ex-4: All of the milk has gone spoiled.
    [How much milk? Here ‘all of the’ is used before Non-Count Noun.]

 

Easy Quiz [FIND QUANTIFIER]

Find Quantifier from the following sentences

Answer the following questions about Quantifier by selecting the best answer from the alternatives.
»10 questions are set
»Total marks: 10 (each carrying 1)
»Time allotted: 3 minutes

 

FINAL TEST
DETERMINER AND QUANTIFIER

Answer the following questions on Determiner

Answer the following questions on Determiner by selecting the best answer from the alternatives.
»10 questions are set
»Total marks: 10 (each carrying 1)
»Time allotted: 3 minutes

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