What it is a Determiner?

Who says you can’t learn anything useful watching television?  I have to disagree because a question on ‘The Chase’ had their champion admit he knew nothing of what a determiner was. 

I decided to widen my knowledge by finding out what a Determiner was.  Because of that, already knowing both and and but are conjunctions (keeping a sentence correct but longer) and adjectives describe the noun (they are associated with)

I did wonder what a determiner was and did.  Here is what I found (with my simpler examples of a determiner at work).

There are at least two single-word determiners and they are a and the.  They are the most basic form of determiner when used in this form.

A clock is a statement that does the clock no favour but might leave you waiting for it to be mentioned later in the story.

The clock is another determiner; but the boldness of the determiner says remember this clock; even as it leaves the clock understated and you wondering why it was mentioned.

A determiner can be a phrase that gives the reader the best chance to see where the clock is sited; why it is being mentioned and what purpose the clock serves.

If you read ‘chrome-shiny and ticking away by the bedside, the clock kept good time.”  That phrase lets the determiner tell you the moment is a bedroom and the clock might just be an alarm clock that is set to wake the sleeper at the designated time. 

Does that not give the clock purpose and value?

You the reader have been made think of a sleeper and what part the clock has to play and do to keep you wanting to read.

As I see it, a one-word or a phrase-long determiner gives the story a better chance to entertain the reader and so it is as important as a noun and verb.  Simple statements can be made so the story is much more reader worthy by using the correct ‘determiner.’

Do you agree?

By Alex J Anderson

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