If we have to put a group B determiner before a pronoun, we use of
- Neither of them came.
- All of us will come.
Group A + Group B
The Group B determiners many, most, little, least and few can be used after Group A determiners.
- His many ideas
- A few doubts
- The most money
- The least time
There are a few determiners that do not fit into group A or B. Examples are: other, such, what, another and only. Other and only are used after group A determiners. Such and what (in exclamations) come before the indefinite article a/an.
- My other brother (NOT Other my brother)
- The other day
- The only reason
- What a pity (NOT A what pity)
- Such a beautiful girl (NOT A such beautiful girl)
Determiners without nouns
Determiners can be used without nouns if the meaning is understood.
- ‘Which color do you want?’ ‘This will do.’ (= This color will do.)
- ‘Do you like Hemingway’s books?’ ‘I haven’t read any.‘
Possessives (except which and his) have different forms when they are used without nouns. The forms without nouns are: mine, yours, his, hers, theirs, and ours. These are often called possessive pronouns.
The possessive forms used with nouns are: my, your, his, her, their and our.
- That is my bag.
- That bag is mine.
The possessives its and one’s are not used without nouns.