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Determiners are words like a, my, this, those, each, either, some, few, all and both. They come at the beginning of noun phrases, but they are not adjectives.
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English grammar recognises two main groups of determiners – Group A and Group B.
Group A determiners
Articles, demonstratives and possessives are often called Group A determiners. They help to identify things.
Articles - a, an, the
Two Group A determiners cannot be put together. We can say my car, this car or the car, but not the my car, this my car or my this car.
If we have to put two Group A determiners together, we use the structure a/this + noun + of mine/yours.
Group B Determiners
Most of them indicate something about quantity.
We can put two Group B determiners together, if the combination makes sense.
Group B + Group A
Group B determiners can be used directly before nouns without of.
But if we want to put a Group B determiner before a noun with a Group A determiner, we have to use of.
Points to be noted
We can leave out of after all, both and half when they are followed by nouns.
But note that we cannot leave out of when all, both and half are followed by pronouns.
No and every are not used before of; instead we use none and every one.
Group A + Group B
Certain Group B determiners can be used after Group A determiners. They are: many, most, least, little and few.
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