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Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using words classed as Determiners.

Determiners include words such as:

A/an, all, any, few, his/her/its, many, most, no, some, such, the, their, this/that, your.

A Determiner identifies one or more in a group, narrowing the group down (e.g. that cat) or widening it out (all cats, any cat). For example:

• “Let the child who broke her slate come forward!”
Few children can eat when excited.
• At that moment the summons sounded for dinner.
• “There is no merit in such goodness.”
Charlotte Brontë


Her entreaty had no effect on Tom.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


The voice of calumny is never silent.

From ‘A Damsel in Distress’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“Well, I ’ll refresh your memory.”

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


The clock ticked on through the silence.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


I am afraid she had no taste for music.

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


I coasted down a long hill to a bridge.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


“You’ve lost your sense of proportion.”

From ‘The Lost World’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“Can you spare me for an hour or two?”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


“He had always a taste for low company.”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


His torch dropped head downwards and went out!

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


“There’s been too much blabbing already.”

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


I could scarcely see my way down the ladder.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


The Royal Fleet began in the reign of Henry VII.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.


It was too pleasing a blunder for a reproach.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


Would he have to go into court as a witness?

From ‘Orley Farm’, by Anthony Trollope.


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


The apology was more unendurable than the insult.

From ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins.


Mingling with the idle rich carried its penalties.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


They stood for some time without speaking a word.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“Mrs Phillips was always glad to see her nieces.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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“There is nothing I can say, sir,” I returned, “except that all the blame is mine.”

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.

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