Information from Learn English and an Exercise from the British CouncilDeterminers are small words used in front of nouns in English. They indicate whether you are referring to something specific (definite) or something more general (and indefinite).
Determiners are explained further in the title link; they are subdivided into two types general and specific.
- We use a specific or definite determiner when we know exactly what we are referring to:
Examples of specific determiners are:
- We use general determiners to talk about nouns without saying exactly who or what they are:
Examples of general determiners are:
Click on the title link, read through the information. Then sort a list of determiners into two groups.