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Another way of saying 'definite article', which I personally find more useful.  People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:
 
Another way of saying 'definite article', which I personally find more useful.  People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:
  
<ul> <li><u>his</u> cat</li> (possessive determiner) <li><u>a</u> stray cat</li> (indefinite determiner) <li><u>any</u> cat</li> <li><u>all</u> cats</li> <li><u>no</u> cats</li> <li><u>that</u> fat cat</li> <li><u>these</u> kittens</li> <li><u>those</u> mice</li>
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*''the'' cat (definite determiner)  
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*''my'' cat (possessive determiner)
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* ''a'' cat (indefinite determiner)  
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Quantifiers
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* not any
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* any 
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* each
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* no  
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Demonstratives
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*this
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*that
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*these
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*those
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Revision as of 00:41, 13 March 2020

definite article

two pronunciations: ðə before a consonant, and ði before a vowel.

The sound ð is often deictic. That means it points to something in the world (or something that's been pointed out earlier in the course of discussion). (digit - doigt - deixis)

e.g. there, them, they, then, this, that, thus, therefore, these, those, thither, whither, etc.

definite determiner

Another way of saying 'definite article', which I personally find more useful. People use determiners to determine just what exactly they are talking about:

  • the cat (definite determiner)
  • my cat (possessive determiner)
  • a cat (indefinite determiner)

Quantifiers

  • not any
  • any
  • each
  • no

Demonstratives

  • this
  • that
  • these
  • those


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correlative construction

  • The more, the merrier...
  • The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
  • The greater the risk, the greater the gain.
  • The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
  • The less said, the better.
  • The more we talked, the more I began to understand her point of view.
    "What big eyes you have, grandmother!"
    "The better to see you with, my dear."