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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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In Toefl grammer flash book it's written that any is used with plural count nouns and noncount nouns , but here is written with singular .

Hello Shaho1991,
You are correct that we use 'any' with plural count nouns when we are using it as a quantifier in questions and negatives:
'I don't have any books.' [meaning: not one]
However, this page is referring to a different use of 'any': as a determiner to mean 'all of those people or things'.  With this use, it is not possible to use 'any' with plural count nouns.  For example:
'Any person can do this.' [singular count noun, meaning: all] = correct
'Any time is good for me.' [uncount noun, meaning: all]
but we cannot say
'Any places are suitable for the meeting.' [plural count noun - not possible]
You can find more information on quantifiers, including 'any' here.
I hope that clarifies it for you.  Thank you for an interesting question.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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Would like to clarify this :
A flock of birds ( is / are ) flying in the sky.
Thank you!

Hi cheng sk,
The correct answer is the singular ('is flying') because we are talking about 'a flock' - one flock.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am having problems identifying what the word in bold is in this sentence.
Eventually I understood this would only lead us to more trouble.
Is it a determiner or a pronoun in this case? Is it both? Can words sometimes be both?

Hello Medlycott!
Here, it's a pronoun, since it is the subject of the relative clause. It cannot be a determiner, since a determiner needs a noun:
Do you want this book? (determiner, to identify which book)
Do you want this? (pronoun - although the function is similar)
Both uses of this do similar things in the sentences - identify something when the context is clear - but grammatically they have different names and uses.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team


  • When we are talking about things in general and the listener/reader does not know exactly what we are referring to, we can use a uncount noun or a plural noun with no determiner:

The underlined word ' uncount' begins with a vowel 'u' then why 'a' comes with it.
My teacher once told me that an will come with those letters which begin with 'u' Please help me I am really confused.