Year 6 Grammar work – Determiners

In our discrete Grammar work, Year 6 have been learning about determiners.

What are determiners?

If you’ve never come across the word ‘determiner’ before, it might be easy to confuse it with other words in English.

 This has nothing to do with determiners!

Neither does this!


A determiner is simply a word which introduces and gives some context about a noun.

Read this webpage and watch the video for more information and examples.

Year 6, which types of determiner are not explained in the video? Please explain what they are and give some examples in the comments below.


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  1. An article is a word (prefix or suffix) that is used alongside a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Articles specify grammatical definiteness of the noun, in some languages extending to volume or numerical scope.
    A person or thing that determines or decides something.
    Posesive pronouns
    Possessive Pronouns: Used in Sentences. Possessive pronouns include my, mine, our, ours, its, his, her, hers, their, theirs, your and yours – all words that demonstrate ownership.

    We use quantifiers when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.

    Sometimes we use a quantifier in the place of a determiner:
    Most children start school at the age of five.
    We ate some bread and butter.
    We saw lots of birds.
    We use these quantifiers with both count and uncount nouns

  2. Determiners
    A determiner is a word which comes before a noun and identifies the noun in further detail. There are different types of determiners. Some examples are:

    The articles are “a,an and the.”
    “Give me the red pen”
    Give me a red pen”
    Give me an apple”
    “The” is a definite article(specific),however “a” and “an” are indefinite articles. But why bother using the word “an”,when we can use the word “a”. The word “a” is used when the next word after it begins with a consonant. The word “an” is used when the next letter begins with a vowel.

    Possessive pronouns
    Possessives show us possession.
    “That’s my book!”
    The possessive ,”my” tells us the book belongs to me.

    A demonstrative is a determiner or a pronoun that points to a particular noun or to the noun it replaces.
    For example
    “Is this Sam’s house?”
    “This” is the demonstrative.

    A quantifier is used when you want to give information about the amount of something.
    For example
    “There are a few flowers in the flower bed.”
    “A hundred cookies to eat today!”
    The quantifiers are “few” and “hundred”.

  3. Baldeep and his group has shown how to use demonstrative which is only one of the determiners.

    Quantifiers are used when we want to give someone information about how much or how many there is of something.For example,most children start school at the age of five.Most is the quantifier because it shows how many children go to school at the age of five.

    Articles are used to add extra information about the noun if the noun is indefinite (general) or definite (specific).A or an is used for indefinite nouns and the is used for definite nouns.For example, an indefinite article is pick up a book,this is indefinite because it is any book.A definite article is pick up the book,this is definite because there is only one book.

    We use possessive pronouns to show who owns something.For example,this book is mine,mine is the possessive pronoun because it shows the book belongs to me.

  4. Articles
    Article explains if something specific or general.

    He gave the red pen. (specific)
    He gave a red pen. (general)

    Possessive pronouns
    Possessive pronoun is a pronoun which indicates possession.

    Alex’s brother was named John. (possesses brother)

    Quantifiers expresses a relative or indefinite indication of quantity.

    He had many friends. (Many is the Quantifier)

  5. In this video, the three types of determiners ( articles, quantifiers and possessives) have not been explained.
    Determiners are used to clarify a noun. There are four types of determiners and they are:

    Quantifiers are words before nouns which are used to help indicate the amount or quantity. Example of quantifiers are ‘some’, ‘many’, ‘a lot of’ and ‘a few’.
    Quantifiers in sentences:
    There are some books on the desk = ‘Some’ is the quantifier in this sentence.
    He asked a few questions = ‘Few’ is the quantifier in this sentence.

    Articles combine to a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. There are definite articles (the) and indefinite articles (a/an).
    Indefinite articles are used when we don’t identify things clearly.
    For example:
    I work in a factory in America.
    Definite articles are used when the writer talks about a specific object.
    For example:
    The car is very fast.

    Possessives are used to show ownership of something.
    For example:
    That cake is mine.
    This is our house.

  6. In the video above, Baldeep is talking about:
    Possessive pronouns

    But there are many other types of Determiners because it just makes everything the more interesting doesn’t it?🤔😀:
    Possessive adjectives
    Indefinite articles

    And much,much more!!

    • Ignore the above please…

      In the video,Baldeep is talking about demonstratives,which is only one of many determiners like:Articles,Possesive Pronouns,Quantifiers,Possesive adjectives,numbers,ordinals,and indefinite articles.

      Articles are among the most common of normal determiners. A,An and The, all express the definiteness and specificity of a noun. For example, “the” is a definite article, meaning the person using the word is referring to a specific one. On the other hand, “a” or “an” are indefinite articles

      Quantifiers are a type of determiner which show imprecise quantity. They modify nouns or pronouns. They differ from numbers or numerals which indicate precise quantity.

      Examples in English include possessive forms of the personal pronouns, namely: my, your, his, her, its, our and their, but excluding those forms such as mine, yours, hers, ours, and theirs that are used as possessive pronouns but not as determiners.

      A determiner used to demonstrate the identity of the thing referenced by the following noun; in English, they include this, these, that and those. In the sentence “I like this dictionary” the word “this” is a demonstrative determiner.

      A possessive adjective is an adjective that is used to show ownership. It comes before a noun in the sentence and lets us know to whom the noun belongs. … It can also be used to replace a noun. Here is a list of the possessive pronouns: mine,yours,his,hers,its.

      An ordinal number is a number that indicates position or order in relation to other numbers: first, second, third, and so on.

      The three articles — a, an, the — are a kind of adjective. The is called the definite article because it usually precedes a specific or previously mentioned noun; a and an are called indefinite articles because they are used to refer to something in a less specific manner (an unspecified count noun).