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Hello Teacher,

Would you please explain me about the terms "determiner/modifier".

1.It is the boys' school.

2.It is a boys' school.

What id diffrence between (1) and (2).

Thanks.
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Could you please explain the terms "determiner" and "modifier"? (Note how to ask this kind of question. Emotion: smile )

Determiners are those small words which come before nouns, like articles (a, an, the), possessive adjectives (my, your, his, ...), demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, those), and a few others (some, each, ...).

Modifiers are words which change the meaning of the other words they are grouped with. Adjectives modify nouns, for example. "the ball" can be described in more detail by adding the modifier "big": "the big ball". "the big blue ball" contains one more modifier, "blue".

Adverbs modify verbs, for example. "I like to play football" becomes "I like to play football very much" or "I like to play football every day" if we add the modifier "very much" or the modifier "every day".

I hope that helps.

CJ
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The difference between this too is very simple, in my opinion.

Modifiers are the ones that could not be separated from the nouns they modify. To be very precise, it will not get changed time to time. It will remain permanent with the noun they describe.

For example,

blue shirt, tall boy, grey coat, red ball

Here, 'blue, tall, grey, and red' are modifiers. Because they cannot be separated from the nouns they modify. The status they describe will not get changed when time changes. They will remain with the nouns for ever and ever with the same form.

But, determiners are temporary ones. They often change when the position of the noun changes. It cannot remain permanent with the noun they determine.

For example,

this house, my watch, your book, his pencil, those dogs

Here, 'this, my, your, his, those' are determiners. They can be changed when the position and possession of the nouns get changed. 'this house' can be called 'that house' when the person go to some distance from the house. 'my watch' can be called 'your watch' when you buy the watch from me. 'those dogs' can be called 'these dogs' when they come closer to us. Determiners are not permanent ones.

Could I be correct?

This is the opt explanation for difference between determiners and modifiers. I fully agree with you.

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hanuman_2000 Hello Teacher,
Would you please explain me about the terms "determiner/modifier".
1.It is the boys' school.
2.It is a boys' school.
What id diffrence between (1) and (2).
Thanks.
Extremely helpful. Thank you