Learn the definition/ Use of Determiners along with its types and Practice sets –
Definition of Determiners –
Determiner is word that determines or limits the noun that follows it.
For examples – This book, Some books, A few difficulties etc.
In the given the examples the italics words are determiners.
Types of Determiners –
There are a no of determiners used in the language. But for the convenience of the learners, they are divided in to types/categories. For convenience sake they can be divided in to five parts –
1. Possessives – These determiners show possession with the things of persons with which they are used. They are my, our, his, her, its, theirs etc.
2. Demonstratives – These determiners point to something or someone. The are further divided in to two parts –
Definite and Indefinite –
Definite Demonstratives are – this, that, these, those, the, same, such etc.
Indefinite Demonstratives are – a, an, any, some, certain etc.
3. Quantitative – The refer to a quantity such as much, little, no, some, any, enough etc.
4. Numeral – They are about numbers. They are further divided in to two parts –
Definite and Indefinite Numerals
Definite – one, two, three ( Cardinal Nos) etc and first, second, third ( Ordinal Nos)
5. Articles – They are of two types –
Definite Article ( The ) and Indefinite Articles ( A, An ).
Usage of Some of the Determiners –
Use of Some and Any with their difference –
1. Some is used in affirmative sense only whereas Any is used in negative and interrogative structures.
There are some children in the class-room.
There are not any children in the class-room.
Are there any children in the class-room?
2. Some can also be used in the interrogative sentences if the affirmative ( positive) reply is expected –
Do you have some money ?
Yes, I have.
3. Any can also be used in the sense ” no matter which/what” –
You can come any day.
Visit us if you have any difficulty.
Note – No is never used with Any.
For Example – I have no any fruit. Wrong
I have no fruit or I have not any any fruit. Correct
Use of Few and Little
The can be divided further –
Few – Used with Numbers only . This is a negative Word. It means equal to nil. ( न के बराबर )
There were few students in the class-room. Therefore, the teacher didn’t take the period.
A Few – Affirmative Word and it means a bit more ( थोड़ा सा )
There were a few students in the class-room. Therefore, the teacher took the period.
The Few – थोड़ा लेकिन सारे
The Principal called the few students who were present there.
Little – Used with Quantity only. This is a negative Word. It means equal to nil. ( न के बराबर )
There is little milk in the jug and is not sufficient for making tea.
A little – Positive Word with the meaning थोड़ा सा
There is a little milk in the jug which is sufficient for making tea.
The Little – थोड़ा लेकिन सारा
Give me the little money you have.
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