Use of Determiners - Types and Practice Sets

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 -

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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.

Determiners Practice set 1

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