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Section 11.4.1


Determiners are special adjectives that identify the noun being described or that specify the quantity of the noun. They include demonstrative adjectives, possessive adjectives, and quantifiers, as well as articles.

A noun phrase usually contains only one determiner, and that determiner precedes all other adjectives.

Alain J. Martin, a computer scientist at the California Institute of Technology who built the first asynchronous microprocessor in 1989, says his tools, which Caltech plans to license, can mathematically prove that a design is correct before it is built, avoiding embarrassments such as the division bug in Intel's Pentium processor.

--W. Wayt, "Turning Back the Clock," Scientific American (modified)

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