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Adjectives

Types of Adjectives - Determiners: Articles & Quantifiers

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Determiners fall into two categories: articles and quantifiers.

Articles include words that precede the noun and signal that a noun is about to occur. These words would include a, an and the. The article the refers to a specific noun - person place or thing. The article a refers to a non-specific noun that starts with a consonant. The article an refers to a non-specific noun that begins with a vowel.

The table below gives examples. The articles are in italics:

A bear An umbrella The top

 

 

Quantifiers are words that precede nouns and tell how many or how much. They can be subdivided into two groups: count and non-count quantifiers.

Count quantifiers come before nouns that can be counted would include: many, few, none, several, a few, couple

Non-count quantifiers come before nouns that can't be counted. These would include no, none, a little, a lot, a bit, a great deal, etc..

The table below gives some examples. The quantifiers are in italics:

A lot of money Couple of lions
No money A little ice cream

 

Some quantifiers work with both count and non-count nouns. These would include some, enough, a lot, most, all, all of, plenty of,

The table below gives some examples. The quantifiers are in italics:

Enough water Some fish

 

 

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