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Determiners are grammatical elements that characterize nouns and modify them or make them refer to specific objects or actions. Take, for example, this sentence in English: “This problem is complex.” This is a determiner that goes with problem. Together, they form a noun phrase. This indicates that problem refers to some problem that was previously raised or mentioned in the discourse. This entry presents the different types of determiners and explains how they are acquired by children and the kinds of difficulties children with language impairment have with determiners. This is not an exhaustive description of determiners; rather, the focus is on the most frequent determiners found in language acquisition.

Determiners, by definition, are always attached to a noun; a determiner used in isolation is not ...

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