Determiners

The word ‘determiner’ was introduced to the primary curriculum last year. This class of words relate directly to nouns but are not adjectives – they ‘determine’ the noun.

There are four main types of determiner:

  1. Quantifiers – any number or amount before a noun, e.g. three chairs, many books, few people
  2. Articles – the articles are a, an and the
  3. Demonstratives – this, that, those, which…
  4. Possessives – ours, my, your, their…

We teach the pupils to identify determiners by finding the noun, investigating which words relate to the noun and then disregarding any adjectives.

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