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Articles: a, an, the


Introduction

We use indefinite articles for a non-specific singular noun:
We use the definite article for a specific singular noun, plural nouns and uncountable nouns:
Examples:

Part 1 - indefinite articles

We use indefinite articles for one of a type, but not one in particular: We use "a" with: We use "an" with: Examples:
We use indefinite articles with quantifiers, for example:
  • a few
  • a little
  • a lot

Practice

Complete the sentences with "a" or "an":

.
1)
We are buying    new car.

 
2)
Simon saw    elephant at the zoo.

 
3)
I am reading    good book at the moment.

 
4)
Do you drive    expensive car?

 

Part 2 - definite article

We use "the" for: For example:
We use "the" with nouns and adjectives beginning with both vowels and consonants, but the pronunciation of the vowel sound changes:
  • before a vowel e.g. 'the apples':
  • before a consonant e.g. 'the big house':

Practice

Complete the sentences with "a", "an" or "the":

.
1)
Where is    money I gave you?

 
2)
I will be there in    hour.

 
3)
This restaurant makes    best food in town.

 
4)
It wasn't    good film.

 

Further practice

.
1)
It was ____ easy exam.
 

 

2)
This is ____ best book I've ever read.
 

 

3)
Would you like ____ cup of tea?
 

 

4)
____ oranges in Spain are very sweet.
 

 

5)
We saw ____ excellent film last night.
 

 

6)
Can you lend me ____ euro?
 

 


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