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Articles Part I

Put a/an, or the in each space:

  1. There was …………… banana on the table.
  2. Where is …………… banana that I have started eating.
  3. ……. pianist is a person who plays the piano.
  4. Stephen is …………. accountant.
  5. ………… Earth goes around …………. Sun./ I am going to …… cinema
  6. ……… Spanish love dancing.
  7. …… rich usually travel a lot.
  8. I’ got …… new car.
  9. …… Mediterranean is my favourite sea.
  10. He likes playing ……….. trumpet.
  11. She is …….. brightest student in the group.

Answer key :
1. a 2. the 3. a 4. an 5. the, the 6. the 7. the 8. a, the 9. the 10. the 11. the

Match the examples (1-10) with the rules (a- k ) below:
a. with a singular noun to mean “one” ;
b. with adjectives to describe groups of people;
c. with geographical names (rivers, oceans, seas, etc.);
d. with a singular noun when we mention for the first time.;
e. with a singular noun when we mention for the second time.;
f. with a person’s job;
g. with nationalities and other groups of people;
h. with general descriptions;
i. with unique objects and known references (we know what we are talking about e.g. It is on the table. – We know which table);
j. with musical instruments;
k. with superlatives.

Answer key :
1d , 2e, 3h, 4f, 5i, 6g, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10j, 11k

Complete each sentence with a/an or the:

  1. Jack has bought ………. new house.
  2. Look at ……… moon! How beautiful it is!
  3. I am collecting money for ……….. poor.
  4. Bob is ……… electrician.
  5. I have never seen ……… Atlantic ocean.
  6. Can you play ………… violin?
  7. She is …………. most hardworking person in this group.
  8. Turn on …… television, please. There is ……… interesting programme on.
  9. It’s raining. Have you got …………. umbrella?
  10. …… Italians are very expressive.
  11. …… carrot is ……… type of vegetable.
  12. Where are you going? - To ……. cinema.

Answer key:
1. a 2. the 3. the 4. an 5. the 6. the 7. the 8. the, an 9. an 10. the 11. a, a 12. the

Article Part 2

Zero article
We do not always use articles. Match the rules with the examples:

  1. Do you eat fish?
  2. Pets give us a lot of pleasure.
  3. Love makes the world go round.
  4. Do you speak Italian?
  5. This dress is made of silk.
  6. Ann is in hospital. Jack is entering the hospital.
  7. He likes bananas.
  8. He lives in Portugal. He lives in Baker Street.

a. Materials
b. General statements
c. Establishment/organization but if we talk about the building only, we use an article.
d. Abstract ideas
e. Languages
f. Uncountables
g. We do not use a/an with plural nouns. We use the zero article instead.
h. *Countries, cities, streets

*We use the definite article the with the names of countries that have the words kingdom (the United Kingdom), states (the United States), emirates, republic (meaning a group)
Key to answer: 1.f 2 b 3.d 4.e 5.a 6.c 7.g 8.h

Find a mistake in each of the sentences:

  1. USA is a beautiful country.
  2. I do not like the coffee.
  3. He knows a Chinese.
  4. I want to go to the Rome.
  5. Is this little table made of a wood?
  6. I go to the work every day.
  7. The Italy is my favourite country.
  8. A doctors work very hard.
  9. The cars are faster than the buses.

Key to answer: 1. the USA 2. _ coffee 3._Chinese 4._Rome 5._wood 6.to _ work 7._ Italy 8. _Doctors 9. _ Cars, _ buses

Article Part 3

Put article "the" if it is necessary

  1. Continents: … Europe, …Australia
  2. Oceans and sea: …. Pacific Ocean, …. Mediterranean
  3. Countries, states: … Poland, ….. Great Britain
  4. Countries, states: ….. UK, ….USA
  5. Rivers: …. Dnipro, …..Mississippi
  6. Cities, towns and villages: ……….Kyiv,…….. Paris
  7. Canals: …..Panama Canal, ………Suez Canal
  8. Individual Island: …………Crete, …..Long Island
  9. Lakes: …..Lake Michigan, ………Lake Geneva
  10. Deserts: ……… Sahara, ……Kalahari
  11. Island groups: ……… Canaries, …..West Indies
  12. Individual mountains: ….. Mount Everest, Mount Hoverla
  13. Mountain chains: ………Alps, …….. Carpathians
  14. Hotels, cinemas: ………Plaza Hotel, ……Odeon Cinema
  15. Streets : ……Khreshchatyk, …..Oxford street
  16. Museums, clubs: ……Prado Museum, ……Louvre
  17. Restaurants, pubs: …… Hard Rock Café, …..Fox (pub)
  18. ….Statue of Liberty, …….Bank of Scotland, ……University of Oxford

Key to answer:
without the: 1,3,6,8,9,12,15.
with the: 2,4,5,7,10,11,13,14,16,17,18

Complete the rules choosing the right place-names below the exercise:
We do not normally use the with the names of:

We normally use the with the names of:

Oceans and seas, continents, streets, rivers, countries, canals, deserts, individual mountains, individual islands,
cities, towns and villages, island groups, hotels, lakes, cinemas, museums, clubs, restaurants, pubs, before the
names with of, countries with the words republic, states, kingdom, etc.

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На этом тренажере, вы достигните уверенного успеха в запоминании 80 неправильных глаголов английского языка с наименьшими затратами времени, так как включаются одновременно два вида памяти — слуховая и зрительная.

Правила просты:
1. Громко, не стесняясь никого, проговариваем глаголы на английском, стремясь обогнать диктора.
2. Добиваемся полного отсутствия ошибок при обгоне диктора при изначально заданной скорости (без нажатия на паузу). Это всё.

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