Determiners versus Pronouns
A determiner occurs at the beginning of a noun phrase and in some way qualifies the rest of the noun phrase. A determiner cannot exist alone:
- Those classic songs were great.
- My car is the big one.
A pronoun can take the place of a whole noun phrase:
- Those were great classic songs.
- Those were great.
- Mine is the big one.
Most determiners and pronouns are exactly the same word: either (determiner) and either (pronoun)
A few determiners and pronouns are close but not exactly the same: my (determiner) and mine (pronoun)
Here are some examples of determiners that have a pronoun equivalent:
|some, any||some, any|
|enough, several||enough, several|
|more, most||more, most|
|either, neither||either, neither|
|all, half, both||all, half, both|
|possessives (see full list below)|
|my/his etc||mine/his etc|
|what, which, whose||what, which, whose|
Here is a full list of possessive determiners and pronouns: