The word that determines the noun is called determiner.
Types of determiners:
a , an, the are the articles in English.
a, an are called the indefinite articles.
the is called as definite article.
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- Demonstratives: This, that, these, those are called are demonstratives.
For ex; this girl, these girls, that tree, those trees
- Possessives: they show the things belong to somebody.
my friend, our friends, your mother.
- Some other determiners:
Little, a little, the little
They are used for uncountable nouns and denote quantity
Little– It shows negative sense, means not much
A little – It shows positive sense ,means some at least
The little – It shows one negative sense and the other positive
I have little sugar ( Means I dont have much sugar)
I have a little sugar ( Means positive sense means at least some sugar
I saved the little sugar by dieting ( Means I didnt have much sugar , whatever I had , I saved it)
Few, A few, The few
They are used for countable noun and denotes number
Few– It shows negative sense
It means not many
A few – It shows positive sense means some at least
The few – It means one negative statement and other affirmative , means the whole of a particular number
There were few trees ( Means there were not many trees , may be very less)
There were a few trees ( Means there were at least some trees)
I pointed the few problems( means there were limited mistakes but I pointed all of them
Many , Much, Fewer, less
Many and Fewer denote number
For ex= There were many trees
I asked fewer men about it
Much and less show quantity
There is much milk in the pot
He has less work to do