Most noun phrases contain only one determiner or none at all, but if there are more, they follow a definite order. Determiners can be divided into four groups, depending on what other determiners they can be used with and the order that they follow.There are two large groups:
Noun phrases with several determiners - Easy Learning Grammar
|a ripe orange||my young sister|
|this ripe orange||our young sister|
|each ripe orange||another sister|
|some ripe oranges||enough money|
- The group A and group B words cannot be used together, with the exception that words in group B may be followed by a group A word if of is placed between them.
|some of those oranges||neither of my sisters|
- Words in group A can be used in combination with determiners in groups C and D (below).
- Both girls were reading.
- Both my young sisters are really naughty.
- All visitors must now leave the ship.
- All the visitors left the ship.
- All of the visitors left the ship.
- Half of the oranges will have to be thrown away.
- The words in group C are sometimes called predeterminers. The exclamatives such and what belong to this group. See Exclamatives for more details about these.
- Every move was carefully recorded.
- She did many kind things.
- She has few friends.
- Last orders, please.
- Your every move is being watched.
- The many kind things she did went unnoticed.
- Her few possessions had been stolen.
- The first thing she did was call her mother.
- I would rather forget these last few days.