Determiners are noun-modifiers that convey the reference of a given noun without delineating its characteristics [as adjectives do]. An example of a determiner would be 'both' in the following sentence:

  • Both doors were closed.

Or 'my' in this sentence:

  • I have injured my arm.

As you can see, determiners serve to put their respective nouns into context without saying anything of their features.

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