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Determiners and quantifiers

Determiners and quantifiers are words we use in front of nouns. We use determiners to identify things (this book, my sister) and we use quantifiers to say how much or how many (a few people, a lot of problems).

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Good afternoon!
I've taken the following information from a website-
According to Theodore M. Bernstein, author of "The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage," one last bastion of confusion in the "a" vs. "an" conundrum rears it's ugly head when abbreviations crop up:

"Do you write, 'He received a M.A. degree' or 'an M.A. degree'? Do you write, 'a N.Y. Central spokesman' or 'an N.Y. Central spokesman'?"

Once again, the test is pronunciation.

"M.A. registers with most people as alphabetical letters, not as 'Master of Arts'; hence, 'an M.A. degree' is proper. On the other hand, 'N.Y. Central' is instantly translated by the mind into 'New York Central'; it would not be read as 'En Wye Central.' Therefore, a 'N.Y. Central spokesman' is proper."

Question: Would it be grammatically correct to say/write 'a N.Y. Central spokesman'?

Kind Regards,

Hello Abhishek Singh

I would say that yes, it is correct, though I expect others would argue that 'an' is better.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir!

Hello sir,
In this sentence below
I need some more sugar.
Here, are some and more determiners?
If they are determiners can we use two quantity determiners together or
Is more a adjective?
Thanks in advance

Hello Michaelgeorge,

The category of determiners is a large one and includes phrases such as a lot of and a great number of as well as single words. I would treat some more as a phrase rather than trying to break it down further.


More generally speaking, it's quite possible to use several determiners together. Possessive adjectives and numbers commonly co-occur. In the phrase my four dogs both the possessive adjective my and the number twelve are determiners.


The distinctions between determiner and adjective are sometimes debated and the categorisation is somewhat fluid. You can read a discussion on the topic here:



Our focus on LearnEnglish is language learning rather than linguistics, so parsing sentences is not something we tend to provide help with. There are online parsers if you need to break down individual sentences:



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi peter,
Thanks,Can I refer them( some more) as post determiners because I read somewhere that we can use cardinals and ordinal numbers and quantifiers together and they can occur.
What do you say peter

Hi Michaelgeorge,

Sometimes distinctions are made between predeterminers and postdeterminers, as you say, and you can certainly use them if you find them helpful.

Our focus on the site is really on language learning (learning to use the language) rather than learning about the language (linguistics), so the question really falls outside our area of interest.

If you need help with things like this then the relevant stackexchange forums are a good place to look.



The LearnEnglish Team

Good evening!

Some websites refer quantifiers as a type of determiners. Is it correct?


Hello Abhishek Singh

Yes, that is correct -- some linguists consider quantifiers to be a kind of determiner.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team


Could I add the definite article before "claims" in the following sentence ?

" The students' union rejected claims that it may change its position ".

I think the definite article should be there as the that-clause following 'claims' makes it necessary. Kindly explain .