1.5 What Are Determiners?


The King’s Servants: Determiners

Determiners are the next part of speech. Think of them as the king’s servants, because they only help nouns.

The Main Determiners

There are ten true determiners. That is, they cannot function as any other part of speech.













What Are Determiners - Activity 1

There is no test for determiners. You need to memorize them. The easiest way is with a nursery rhyme.[i]


Three blind mice, three blind mice,

See how they run, see how they run,

They all ran after the farmer’s wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,

Have you ever seen such a sight in your life,

As three blind mice.

Again: Louder!

Now sing this:

a, an, the

a, an, the

my, our, your, every, my, our, your, every

Have you ever seen such a sight in your life,

As … his, its, their. his, its, their.

Again: Louder!

And again: Louder!

What Are Determiners Activity 2

Work one of these exercises:

What Are Determiners? Optional Activity

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[1] Dr. G. would like to thank Mr. Anthony Pierce for his idea.