Learn English – What part of speech are the words the, a, the, that, your, each, every, etc, or what category do they fall under?


What part of speech are

  • the
  • a
  • my
  • that
  • your
  • each
  • every

etc, or what category do they fall under?

The reason I am asking this is that I am programming a sentence generator, and my sentence structure looks a bit like this:

[noundesc] [adj][0 to 2] [noun] [verb-ed]or[verb-s] [noundesc] [adj][0 to 2] [noun]

Actually, this is just one of the sentence variations, but I'm just using it as an example. Right now I'm referring to them as "noundesc"s (short for "noun describers"), because I don't have a good name.

I have found that "this," "that," "these," and "those" are called demostrative pronouns, but that does not encompass all of these words.

What is a name for these types of words? I need a name so I can search for a list of them, which I will use in my sentence generator. Are these just special kinds of adjectives, and if so, is there any special name for them?

Best Answer

These are determiners. Determiners were traditionally classified as adjectives, but more modern theories of grammar set them aside as a separate category.

Determiners include articles (a / an and the), demonstratives (this / these and that / those), possessives, and quantifiers among others.