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ENGLISH ARTICLES

'A, An, The'definite and indefinite articles in English

Read thefollowing description

I am from Winchester,Hampshire. Winchester is a city in the United Kingdom. I live in a town called Tauntonwhich is on the River Tone. I live in a house in a quiet street in thecountryside. The street is called 'Hudson Street' and the house is old- more than 100 years old! I am an English lecturer at a college near the centreof the town. I like books, music and taking photographs. I usually have lunch atcollege. I usually go home by car. We have all kinds of food in England. I likePolish food very much. Sometimes, I go to a Polish restaurant in Bath.The restaurant is called 'Magda's'. Polish food is delicious!

Here are the basic rules forwhen to use 'A, An or The':

  • a = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with consonants
    Eric has a dog.
    Neil works in a factory.
  • an = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with vowels (a,e,i,o,u)
    Can I have an apple?
    Donata is an English teacher.
  • the = definite article (a specific object that both the person speaking and the listener know)
    The car over there is fast.
    The teacher is very good, isn't he?
  • The first time you speak of something use 'a or an', the next time you repeat that object use 'the'.
    I live in a house. The house is quite old and has two bedrooms.
    I ate in a Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant was not very clean.
  • DO NOT use an article with countries, states, counties or provinces, lakes and mountains except when the country is a collection of states such as 'The United States'.
    My uncle lives in Cumbria near Lake Windermere.
    They live in Bristol.
  • Use an article with bodies of water, oceans and seas -
    I live on a small island in the Baltic Sea.
  • DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about things in general
    I like Indian tea.
    Simon likes reading books about linguistics.
  • DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about meals, places, and transport
    He has breakfast at home.
    I go to university.
    Magda comes to work by taxi.

EXERCISE 1

(Pre-Intermediate)

Thegioididong

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(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

a, an, the, zero

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EXERCISE 3

Thesaurus

(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

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EXERCISE 4

(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

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EXERCISE 5

(Elementary)Area.

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ENGLISH ARTICLES

'A, An, The'definite and indefinite articles in English

Read thefollowing description

I am from Winchester,Hampshire. Winchester is a city in the United Kingdom. I live in a town called Tauntonwhich is on the River Tone. I live in a house in a quiet street in thecountryside. The street is called 'Hudson Street' and the house is old- more than 100 years old! I am an English lecturer at a college near the centreof the town. I like books, music and taking photographs. I usually have lunch atcollege. I usually go home by car. We have all kinds of food in England. I likePolish food very much. Sometimes, I go to a Polish restaurant in Bath.The restaurant is called 'Magda's'. Polish food is delicious!

Here are the basic rules forwhen to use 'A, An or The':

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  • a = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with consonants
    Eric has a dog.
    Neil works in a factory.
  • an = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with vowels (a,e,i,o,u)
    Can I have an apple?
    Donata is an English teacher.
  • the = definite article (a specific object that both the person speaking and the listener know)
    The car over there is fast.
    The teacher is very good, isn't he?
  • The first time you speak of something use 'a or an', the next time you repeat that object use 'the'.
    I live in a house. The house is quite old and has two bedrooms.
    I ate in a Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant was not very clean.
  • DO NOT use an article with countries, states, counties or provinces, lakes and mountains except when the country is a collection of states such as 'The United States'.
    My uncle lives in Cumbria near Lake Windermere.
    They live in Bristol.
  • Use an article with bodies of water, oceans and seas -
    I live on a small island in the Baltic Sea.
  • DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about things in general
    I like Indian tea.
    Simon likes reading books about linguistics.
  • DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about meals, places, and transport
    He has breakfast at home.
    I go to university.
    Magda comes to work by taxi.

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EXERCISE 1

(Pre-Intermediate)

Home

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(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

a, an, the, zero

The Weather Channel

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EXERCISE 3

(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

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EXERCISE 4

(Elementary / Pre-Intermediate)

The Pirate Bay

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The Home Depot

EXERCISE 5

(Elementary)

The Daily Bakehouse Manistee Mi

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