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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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Thank you!

I wrote the following first sentence while forwarding an application to the higher authorities .

" The application for the revival of the account no 3857DF received from the depositor ,Mr. John is sent herewith."

Here , I am introducing an application of which the higher authorities have no prior knowledge . So I must have used ' an application '.
But when a noun is post modified by a prepositional phrase { ' for revival ----}
, definite article should be used as I did .

Which is correct ?
Similarly can I use 'application for revival ' instead of 'application for the revival ' ?
Kindly explain .

Hello p t balagopal,

The definite article is required here as the sentence contains its own clarification of which application is being referred to. You can use either 'the revival' or 'revival'. However, we would not use any article before 'account'. When a noun is numbered in this way we use the zero article. Thus, we would say 'go to house number 3' not 'the house'.


The setence would therefore be as follows:

The application for revival of account no 3857DF received from the depositor, Mr. John, is sent herewith.


This is a very formal phrasing, however, and not the normal way we would normally phrase it. I think we would use 'enclosed' (if the application is part of a letter) or 'attached' (if sent electronically):

Please find enclosed the application for revival of account no 3857DF, received from the depositor, Mr. John.

Please find attached the application for revival of account no 3857DF, received from the depositor, Mr. John.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply. I never expected it to be so detailed. Thanks for your effort.


A friend asked: is the statement "what did James is wrong" correct or grammatically wrong?

Hello Akong,

The sentence is wrong. The correct sentence would be as follows:

What James did is wrong.




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Which of these sentences is correct

1 "What John did is wrong"
2 "What John did was wrong"

Then sir, in the correct sentence, does "what" serve as DEMONSTRATIVE or INTEROGATIVE determiner?

Hi Akong,

Both are correct and the structure of both is that of a wh-cleft sentence. 'what' acts as a kind of pronoun here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir,

I am confused with the use of nouns in the following sentence:

1. The German or The Germans are patriot.

Which one is correct?

Thanks in advance.

Hello amol,

The Germans are patriots is the correct option.



The LearnEnglish Team