Determiners Exercises

Determiners are words we use in front of nouns. We use determiners to identify things. Following are some exercises bases on Determiners.

Determiners Exercises with Answers

Q. Complete the following passage with suitable determiners:

You’re going to take the life away of (1) ______________ man with (2) ______________ belief that you will give it back. This is (3) ______________ enormous step (4) ______________ precious life is at stake. You must perform to the best of (5) ______________ ability to save (6) ______________ patient’s life.

Answer

  1. a
  2. the
  3. an
  4. his
  5. your
  6. the

Q. Read the following idiomatic expressions and underline the determiners:

  1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  2. Where there is a will, there is a way.
  3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  4. Many hands make light work.
  5. Any time means no time.
  6. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  7. More haste, less speed.
  8. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  9. All roads lead to Rome.
  10. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Answer

  1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  2. Where there is a will, there is a way.
  3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  4. Many hands make light work.
  5. Any time means no time.
  6. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  7. More haste, less speed.
  8. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  9. All roads lead to Rome.
  10. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

Q. Complete the following passage with ‘all’, ‘each’, ‘every’, ‘several’, ‘a lot of’, ‘many’ or ‘few’. In some cases, more than one word will fit.

Once, there was a very rich man. He was neither handsome nor clever but he worked hard and saved _____________ money. There was a beautiful lady who lived just two doors away from his house. She was a widow with _____________ children. _____________ morning, the rich man would steal a _____________ glances at the widow when she came out to do her chores in the garden. One evening, the man decided to pay her a visit. He brought with him _____________ presents, one for _____________ child. _____________ the children liked him and so _____________ time he visited her, he brought presents for the children. This went on for _____________ months. Just when the man thought that he could propose to the widow, something happened. A handsome strange man came to the town. He was not as rich as the man. But somehow, _____________ eligible lady of the town fell in love with him.

Answer

Once, there was a very rich man. He was neither handsome nor clever but he worked hard and saved a lot of money. There was a beautiful lady who lived just two doors away from his house. She was a widow with few children. Every morning, the rich man would steal a few glances at the widow when she came out to do her chores in the garden. One evening, the man decided to pay her a visit. He brought with him several/many presents, one for each child. All the children liked him and so every time he visited her, he brought presents for the children. This went on for several months. Just when the man thought that he could propose to the widow, something happened. A handsome strange man came to the town. He was not as rich as the man. But somehow, an eligible lady of the town fell in love with him.

Q. Put in ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘many’, ‘much’, ‘a few’, or ‘a little’ where necessary:

  1. I wrote it on _____________ piece of paper.
  2. He wants to write it in ink, give him _____________ pen.
  3. He bought _____________ orange and _____________ banana.
  4. They waited for _____________ bus for half _____________ hour.
  5. _____________ table is made of wood.

Answer

  1. a
  2. a
  3. an; a,
  4. a; an
  5. a

Q. Choose the correct determiner from the brackets:

  1. Let us save (a little, the little) for a rainy day.
  2. Won’t you have (many, some) tea? Yes, I’ll have (a little, a few).
  3. Don’t you have (any, some) match at all? Of course we have (any, some).
  4. He is mischievous, like (many, a good many) boys.
  5. (Many a, A good many) persons have made the same mistake.
  6. (Every, Many) boy is keen on gymnastics.
  7. Generally, Mr Jones doesn’t have (many, much) money with him. But whenever he goes to visit his grandchildren, he has (many, much) coins in his pocket.
  8. (Lot of, A lot of) petrol leaked from the tank.
  9. ‘How (much more, many more) strength must I exert, the mechanic asked.
  10. There is (lots of, a lot of) marbles here, Andy told Mark. “Let’s take (few, a few)”.

Answer

  1. Let us save the little we have for a rainy day.
  2. “Won’t you have some tea?” “Yes, I’ll have a little.”
  3. “Don’t you have any matches at all?” “Of course we have some.”
  4. He is mischievous, like a good many boys.
  5. A good many persons have made the same mistake.
  6. Every boy is keen on gymnastics.
  7. Generally, Mr Jones doesn’t have much money with him. But whenever he goes to visit his grandchildren, he has many coins in his pocket.
  8. A lot of petrol leaked from the tank.
  9. “How much more strength must I exert?” the mechanic asked.
  10. “There is a lot of marbles here,” Andy told Mark. “Let’s take a few.”

Q. Identify the error in the following sentences and correct them.

  1. I’m sorry there isn’t many food left but I can make some sandwiches if you like.
  2. You should drink more water and lesser coffee.
  3. Have you got much books? I’ve only got a few.
  4. Annie is eating fewer rice because she wants to lose weight.
  5. Maggie’s mother died few years ago.
  6. He has little friends because of his nasty temper.
  7. The motocyclist lost many blood in the accident.
  8. It was a boring talk and I paid a little attention to it.
  9. Salsa has given me much good ideas.
  10. She didn’t bring some food for the picnic so I gave her a bun.

Answer

  1. I’m sorry there isn’t much food left but I can make some sandwiches if you like.
  2. You should drink more water and less coffee.
  3. Have you got many books? I’ve only got a few.
  4. Annie is eating less rice because she wants to lose weight.
  5. Maggie’s mother died a few years ago.
  6. He has few friends because of his nasty temper.
  7. The moto-cyclist lost much blood in the accident.
  8. It was a boring talk and I paid a little attention to it.
  9. Salsa has given me many good ideas.
  10. She didn’t bring any food for the picnic so I gave her a bun.

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