are words placed before English
sentence. They modify the determiner.
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come before an article or other determiner and are used
to give even more information about the noun that comes after.
To understand pre-determiners
you must first understand English
are words used to identify nouns
They tell us how
much, how many, whose, and which one.
- Have you seen my
- Can I borrow that
- I want to ride the
- Please hand
me the other
- She won the first
mountains are beautiful!
- I do not have enough
- She is their third
determiners. Pre-determiners most commonly
come before definite and indefinite articles a
, or the
can be classified into four types as shown in the chart
Multipliers include words and phrases such as:
twice, three times,
five times, ten times
This type of pre-determiner is used to express more
the specified amount.
- She makes twice
my annual salary.
- His hamburger
is twice the size of mine.
- I check my messages three times
- Mom calls me approximately five times
- Our group raised ten times
the amount needed for the trip.
Fractions include words such as:
This type of pre-determiner is used to express a fraction
- Her bus will arrive in half
- I ate one-third
- She uses three-fourths
her monthly salary for rent and bills.
Intensifiers include pre-determiners such as:
what, rather, quite
This type of pre-determiner expresses surprise, disappointment,
pleasure, or other emotions.
- This turned out to be such
a beautiful day! (I am very pleased by the
- You are such
a disappointment. (I am disappointed and surprised by what
- It was quite
a nice surprise! (I was very surprised and happy.)
- We had quite
an experience when we were on vacation. (The experience
was surprising and exciting.)
- Your mother is rather
a nice woman. (I am pleased by your mother.)
- It is rather
a small ring. (I am slightly disappointed by the size of
an interesting idea! (I am surprised by your idea.)
- What a large
cat! (I am surprised by the size of the cat.)
There are a few pre-determiners that do not fall into the above
categories. They include words such as:
These two pre-determiners are used to express an entire amount.
of John's bike tires are flat.
- He broke both
his arms in the accident.
her friends came to her graduation.
- Did you read all those
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