What are Determiners? Determiners are words such as this, those, my, their, which. They are special adjectives that are used before nouns.
The words a, an and the belong to this group of words called determiners.
- The words a and an are called indefinite articles. You can use them with singular nouns to talk about any single person or thing.
For example: This is a picture of an elephant. Rudy is reading a book. Mom bought me a new dress today. You will need an umbrella when you go out. She eats an apple a day.
The article an is usually used before words beginning with vowels. The article a is used before words beginning with consonants.
- The word the is called the definite article. Use the before a noun when you are talking about a certain person or thing.
For example: Granny is sitting in the garden. The street is very busy today. The sky is getting dark.
You also use the before a noun when there is only one. For example: the sun, the moon, the sky, the front door of my house
The words this, that, these and those are determiners. They are used to tell which thing or person you mean. These words are called demonstrative determiners, or demonstrative adjectives.
For example: This ice cream is delicious. How much is that racket? What is that animal? Bring me that ball. Would you like these apples?
- You use this and these to point to people or things near you. You use that and those to point to people or things that are farther from you. You use this and that before singular nouns. You use these and those before plural nouns. Here’s a table to help you remember the rules: this – these, that – those
Use the words what, which and whose before nouns to ask about people or things. These words are called interrogative determiners or interrogative adjectives
What time is it? What color is her hair? What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Which school do you go to? Which doll is your favorite? Which road leads to the zoo? Which runner is the winner? Do you know which girl won the prize?
Whose footprints are these? Whose baby is this? Whose dog was barking in the middle of the night?
The words my, your, his, her, its, our, their are called possessive determiners or possessive adjectives. Use these words before nouns to say who something belongs to.
For example: Is this your house? Robert, your handwriting is difficult to read. Michael is showing his tortoise to his friends. My sister lost her way in the city. The lion is chasing its prey.
Fill in the blanks with a, an or the.
1 __________ owl 7 __________ moon
2 __________ rocket 8 __________ Missouri River
3 __________ apron 9 __________ mango
4 __________ sun 10 __________ animal
5 __________ page 11 __________ eagle
6 __________ computer 12 __________ baby
Write a, an or the in the blanks to complete the sentences.
1 There is ________ rainbow in ________ sky.
2 Who is ________ man outside ______ gate?
3 ________ doctor gave Jane ________ injection.
4 Paul opened ________ door to let ________ dog in.
5 Mark is ________ only child in _______ family.
6 What’s ______ largest animal in ________ world?
7 There’s ________ nest in ________ tree.
8 Sue is writing ________ letter to her grandfather.
9 Jack has ________ brother and ________ sister.
10 We reached ________ top of ______ hill in two hours.
Fill in the blanks with the correct demonstrative adjectives.
1 Come and look at ________ insects.
2 Stop ________ man!
3 I was in fifth grade last year. I am in sixth grade ________ year.
4 Bring ________ chairs here.
5 ________ ice cream is delicious.
6 Can you see ________ stars in the sky?
Are the underlined words demonstrative adjectives or demonstrative pronouns? Write DA (for demonstrative adjectives) or DP (for demonstrative pronouns) in the blanks.
1 This house has five bedrooms. _______
2 Who is that man? _______
3 This is our school. _______
4 These are wild animals. _______
5 That is right. _______
6 What’s that noise? _______
7 These books are Jane’s. _______
8 Those books belong to me. _______
9 These are donkeys. _______
10 Those are horses. _______
Choose the correct possessive adjectives from the box to fill in the blanks.
my his your her its our their
1 Is this Jane’s dog? Yes, this is ______ dog.
2 The dog is chasing ________ own tail.
3 Peter, is ________ father at home?
4 Rudy is showing ________ stamps to Ali.
5 I am going to ________ aunt’s house this evening.
6 We always keep ________ classroom clean.
7 Children, have you all finished ________ homework?
8 The children are proud of ________ school.
Choose the correct interrogative adjectives from the box to fill in the blanks.
what which whose
1 ________ kind of animal is that?
2 ________ runner is the winner?
3 ________ is the matter?
4 ________ desk is this?
5 ________ handphone is ringing?
6 ________ is your name?
7 ________ twin is taller?
8 ________ hand is holding the pebble?