Meaning of “determiner” in the English Dictionary

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"determiner" in British English

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determinernoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈtɜː.mɪ.nər/ us /dɪˈtɝː.mə.nɚ/ specialized

B2 in grammar, a word that is used before a noun to show which particular example of the noun you are referring to:

In the phrases "my first boyfriend" and "that strange woman", the words "my" and "that" are determiners.

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  • Our English teacher taught us about determiners, which identify which particular noun you're talking about.
  • When I say 'your diary' or 'this example', the determiners before each noun show which one I mean in particular.

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(Definition of “determiner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"determiner" in American English

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determinernoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈtɜr·mə·nər/

grammar a word that is used before a noun to show which particular example of the noun you are referring to:

In the phrase “my history book” the word “my” is a determiner.

(Definition of “determiner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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