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Words and phrases before the head noun

Articles, quantifiers and numbers

  • Put articles before the main noun.

a city, the city

  • Indefinite articles (a, an) go with singular countable nouns to show general meaning.
  • The definite article (the) goes with:

specific nouns

ordinal numbers – the sixth

‘same’ – the same number

superlatives – the fastest car

  • Put quantifiers before the article:

All the money

Other quantifiers are: some, few, lot, many.

  • Put numbers after articles.

the two books on the shelf

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