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Express the context of a noun

► What is a determiner? ▼ Explanation of term


  • include categories such as articles, demonstratives, quantifiers, possessive pronouns, and numbers. All singular and some plural nouns require a noun marker such as a, the, this, those, my, each, some, all.
  • express information about a noun such as specific / unspecific (a), definite / indefinite (the) singular / plural (this, these), near or far (this, that), quantity (some, few, one), possession (your, my) and other reference.
  • function to determine or limit the meaning of a noun phrase in a particular context.
  • take form as a word placed before a noun—a, the, this, that, these, those, some, few, all, one none, your, each, and so on





Summary of Practices



A Determiner: recognize a variety of noun markers

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

phone friends

A friend called. / *Friend called. 

Friends called.

This / that friend called.

These / those / some / three friends called. 

A hair is on your sweater. / Hair makes a guy look young.

Last week, this week and next week will be cold.

Demonstratives: specify which one — this, that, these, those

Beginning– Intermediate ESL

this blue marble

This blue marble is mine. (determiner)

This marble is mine. (determiner)

This is mine. (pronoun)

Genitive Pronouns: indicate a relationship between two nouns  ("Possessives")

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Naughty Dog

Our dog is over here. / Ours is over here.  

All of the owners bring water for their (own) dogs.

One  should exercise one's dog. (impersonal)

You should exercise your dog. (impersonal)

They don't like dogs there. Their dislike is unusual. (impersonal)

Genitive Nouns: indicate possession for people or things

Intermediate–Advanced ESL, Native Speakers

The class' soccer team

The state's soccer team won several games.

The state's won several games.

The states' soccer teams won several games.

The goal post's leg was broken.
The leg of the goal post was broken.

Collective Genitive Pronouns: refer to the group or its individuals

Intermediate–Advanced ESL, Native Speakers


The paparazzi made its purpose clear. It had a right to be outside her house.

The paparazzi placed their cameras right in her face. They were rude, even mean.

Negative Word Forms: express absence, doubt, denial, prohibition and more

Beginning – Advanced ESL, native speakers

No No's

No one  /   Not anyone has parked illegally.

His inability / disability was clear to us.

He was unsatisfied / dissatisfied.

Do not park there!  We do not park there.

He would park there, wouldn't he?

We asked him not to park there.

I doubt that he *never / ever helps.

He is neither optimistic nor pessimistic.

His no nonsense approach to life is refreshing. (expression)