Missing Determiners - Common Errors in English

Determiners are small words that go in front of nouns (also known as “noun modifiers”).  The main purpose of determiners is to “mark” a noun, or to “determine” its context.   Determiners identify which person or thing a sentence is describing.  Sometimes, determiners “determine” if the noun/pronoun is definite or indefinite.  Determiners can also describe to whom the noun belongs, or how many of the noun there are.

The Grammar of Determiners

In English, determiners as a class include the following lexical categories:

In most Indo-European languages (e.g. English), determiners are separate words that precede nouns.  However, in some languages, determiners come in the form of prefixes or suffixes added onto nouns, as is the case in Scandinavian languages.  

For this reason, it is common for non-native English speakers to omit determiners.

Fixing Missing Determiners with WhiteSmoke

 

Missing Determiner #1:

I bought shirt at the store.

Whitesmoke’s Suggestion(s):

Missing Determiner 1


Whitesmoke’s Explanation:

“This phrase requires either an article (‘a/the’), or changing the noun to the plural form.”

Missing Determiner #2:

The President talked about how to solve economic crisis.

Whitesmoke’s Suggestion(s):

Missing Determiner 2

Whitesmoke’s Explanation:

“This phrase requires either an article (‘a/the’), or changing the noun to the plural form.”

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