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ARTICLES

1. Complete the sentences with a, an, Ø.

There were many dogs in the park. One dog was ___ Dalmatian.
Pandas and ___ tigers are beautiful animals.
She is wearing ___ blue dress with red earrings.
Hawaii is ___ island in the Pacific Ocean.
Christmas comes once ___ year.
___ ant is __ insect.
The Nile is ___ river.
I went to the shop to get ___ bread.
He broke ___ glass when he washed dishes.
Take ___ umbrella
My wife is ______ doctor.
My brother is ______ artist.
I'm staying with ______ friends.
She's a writer. She writes ______ books.
I've got ______ car outside.
I've got ______ more questions to ask you, if you don't mind.
My cousin is married to ______ actor.
I've got ______ idea.
______ people want to talk to you.
I love ______ Coke.
I lived in Tahiti when I was ______ child.
I saw ______ good films recently. "The Insider" was great.
I need to buy ______ new trousers. I'm getting fat!
Sue and Vaughan are ______ good writers.
They wrote ______ new book called "Inside Out".
I like all animals but ______ cats are my favorites.
You have got ______ really nice eyes.

2. Complete the sentences with the or no article.

I want to go to _____ London.


_____ Tower Bridge is one of the most famous tourist attractions in London.
Big Ben is the part of _____ Houses of _____ Parliament.
In _____ Madame Tussaud’s you can see wax figures of famous people.
_____ Tower of London is the oldest building in _____ City.
_____ Nelson’s Column is in _____ Trafalgar Square.
If you want to go shopping the best place for you _____ Oxford Street.
_____ Buckingham Palace is the home of royal family.
____ London is the biggest city in Britain. More than 7 million people live and
work there. It is one of the most important cities in the world. It is a centre
for business and for tourism. ____ London consists of three parts: ___ City of
London, ____ East End and ____ West End. In ____ City of London there are
many banks, offices and ____Stock Exchange. In ____ West End we can see
many historical places, parks, shops and theatres. It is the world of rich
people and money. _____ East End is the district where working people live
and work. ____ Port of London is also there. You can have a very good time
in our city. You can visit different cinemas, theatres and museums. _____
"Odeon" is one of the most famous cinemas of the country. The most
famous museums are: ___ British Museum and _____ Tate Gallery. There are
many shops in ____ London. ____ Oxford street is London's main shopping
centre. People from all over the world buy clothes, shoes, toys and souvenirs
there. The street is more than a mile long. The best known departments are
_____ Selfridges and _____ John Lewis. Visit our parks. The largest park
in____ London is _____ Hyde Park with its _____ Speaker's Corner. Sit on the
green grass and try England's favourite food - fish and chips.
Many people think that ____ London is grey. But in fact red is London's
favourite colour. Taxi, ____ London underground and red buses take you in
every part of ____ city.

We had a great weekend in London last month. We stayed at ___ Regent’s


Hotel. That’s in ___ Regent Street, of course. On Saturday morning, we went
shopping in ___ Oxford Street. It was a beautiful day so we had a picnic in
___ Hyde Park. Then we took a bus across ___ River Thames to ___ Globe
Theatre and watched a performance of a Shakespeare play. We saw ___
Tower of London from the bus. The next day it started raining so we went to
a big cinema in ___ Leicester Square. After the film, we walked to ___
Piccadilly Circus and saw ___ Statue of Eros.

Dear Uncle Josh,


We’re on holiday in _____ London. _____ weather’s great for sightseeing.
_____ sun’s shining. We met _____ Watsons here. They saw _____ British
Museum and _____ National Gallery. We visited ______ Hyde Park and went
on _____ boat trip on _____ Thames to ______Tower Bridge. Yesterday we
visited _____ Buckingham Palace hoping to see _____ Queen. Unfortunately,
_____ Queen Elizabeth II wasn’t at _____ home at the time. After dinner I
went with _____ Mrs Watson to _____ Harrods to do some shopping there.
Tomorrow we’re visiting _____ Tower of London and _____ London Eye.
That’s all for now.
Love,
Tina
I went to ______ France last year, but I was never to _____ Netherlands.
I live in ______ Tverskaya Street.
______ Thames flows through _____ London.
______ United Kingdom includes ______ Great Britain and _____ Northern
Ireland.
My train leaves from _____ Waterloo Station at 7.10 p.m.
St. Bernard dogs are named after a monastery high up in ____ Alps.
_____ Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t speak on TV.
_____ USA is _____ fourth largest country in _____ world after _____ Russia,
_____ Canada and _____ Republic of _____ China.
_____ English Channel is between _____ Great Britain and _____ France.
_____ Trafalgar Square is the geographical centre of _____ London.
When a student, Tom spent two years in _______ Africa.
_____ Houses of Parliament has over 1,000 rooms, and 2 miles of corridors.
Do you want to go to _____ Kremlin?
_____ Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
_____ West End is the symbol of wealthy and luxurious life.
Where’s _____ John’s raincoat?
______ Pacific is the largest ocean on our planet.
Were you at _____ Bolshoi Theatre?
Does _____ Mark speak ______ Spanish?
Show me _____ Canary Islands on this map, please.
How much does it cost to stay at ____ Grand Hotel?
_____ Volga flows into ____ Caspian Sea.
Although the north of _____ Scotland is called _____ Highlands, the
mountains aren’t high there – ____ Ben Nevis (1,343 m) is the highest peak.
I decided to go to ____ Black Sea next summer.
Two of my classmates entered ____ Moscow State University last year.
____ Lake Baikal is the deepest one in the world.
On Wednesday ____ Moscow Times published an article about Marcus.
____ Urals are old and not very high.
____ Every morning during breakfast bagpipes are played outside the
Queen’s dining-room in ____Buckingham Palace.

3. Circle the correct answers.

I once went on a boat on the Rhine / Lake Victoria.


We’re driving across Europe / Sahara Desert.
My sister works in Netherlands / Denmark.
Here’s a photo of Max in USA / Trafalgar Square.
I want to learn Japanese / the Japanese.
We have friends in Ireland / Republic of Ireland.
There are lot of Spanish-speaking people in the USA / America.
Alan lives in a small town near the Barcelona / Mediterranean.

What time do you have the / a /  lunch.


I watched an / a /  BBC documentary this morning.
I have the / a /  shower every day.
It was an / a / the unilateral decision.
Do you want to watch an / a / the movie? I have got lots of new DVDs.
I love the / a /  watching films!
He is training to be the / a / an dentist.
In my opinion, the / a /  dog is friendlier than the / a /  cat.
The / A /  dogs are friendlier than the / a /  cats.
They shot down  / a / an US fighter plane.
I want  / a / an apple, please.
Sandra lost  / a an earring.
I’m taking my books back to a / the /  library.

4. Complete the sentences with a, an, the, Ø.

I usually have ________ breakfast at half past ten.


I loved ________ breakfast that I had at your house yesterday.
________ clothes in this shop are really fashionable.
He isn’t interested in ________ clothes at all.
They went to ________ Bahamas on holiday, and then they went to
________ Mexico.
________ Lawrence plays ________ guitar very well.
________ Moon looks really nice today.
Where’s ________ dog? Did he run away again?
________ new hospital is very modern.
We went to visit ________ Eiffel Tower in ________ Paris.
________ Republic of Ireland won the competition; ________ France lost.
How often does he play ________ football?
I don’t like ________ fish, but I love ________ meat.
________ Nile river is really long.
I bought ________ sweater I told you about.
We saved ________ Amazon jungle from total destruction.
We never go to ________ church.
________ old church in the village is really beautiful.
Is there ________ university in this town?
He has ________ FTP server.
I want to see ________ unicorn.
Do you want ________ egg sandwich?
Her mother is ________ engineer.
This coat was designed by ___ famous New York artist.
Can you tell me how to get to ___ bank from here?
___ city museum is closed today.
He is one of ___ smartest people I know.
I recommend you eat ___ apple pie at this restaurant.
___ milk is good for you.
Would you like to see ___ movie?
___ apple a day keeps ___ doctor away.
I can't believe I failed ___ yesterday's test!
Do you have ___ dictionary that I can borrow?
This is ___ easy question.
Please speak ___ little louder.
May I have your ___ phone number?
I have never seen ___ UFO.
May I ask you ___ question?
David is ___ best student in our class.
What is ___ name of the next station?
He has ___ my car today.
I went to ___ sea during my summer vacation.
Is there ___ public telephone near here?
There were many dogs in the park. One dog was ___ Dalmatian.
Pandas and ___ tigers are both endangered animals.
She is wearing ___ blue dress with red earrings
Hawaii is ___ island in the Pacific Ocean.
Christmas comes once ___ year.
___ ant is __ insect.
The Nile is ___ river.
I went to the shop to get ___ bread.
He broke ___ glass when he was washing dishes.
You should take ___ umbrella.

A) Put in A / AN or THE. Sometimes you don’t need either word – you leave it
blank.

1. There was ………….. waiter standing at ………… entrance of …………


restaurant. I ordered him ……….. glass of ………. vodka with some juice in it.
2. There was ……….. question I wanted to ask ……….. biology teacher about
………. cangroo. She had said ………… cangroo carried her baby in ……….. kind of
bag in ………. front part of ……….. her body. I wanted to know how many baby
cangroos it could carry at ……….. time.
3. “Is that your wife?”
“No, my wife’s ………. woman in ………. red dress.”
4. I work with ………. man and two women. ………. man is quite nice, but
………. women
are not very friendly.
5. What’s in ……… newspaper?
6. Can you show me ………. that book, please?
7. What’s ………. name of ………. woman in ………. blue dress?
8. ……….. water turns into ……….. ice at 0 degree C.
9. I like ………… steak, but I don’t like ……….. eggs.
10. She lives in ………… nice flat on ………. fifth floor of ……….. old house.
11. It’s terrible - ……….. eggs are $ 2 ……….. dozen.
12. There was ………. boy and ………. girl in the room. ……….. boy was Japanese
but ……….. girl looked foreign. She was wearing ………… fur coat.
13. This morning I bought …………. newspaper and ……….. magazine. ……….
newspaper is in my bag but I don’t know where ………… magazine is.
14. “Have you got ………. car?”
“No, I’ve never had …………. car in my life.”
15. We don’t go to ……….. cinema very much these days. In fact, in ……….
town where we
live there isn’t ………… cinema.
16. Don’t stay in that hotel. ………… beds are very uncomfortable.
17. After I leave ………… school, I want to go to ………… university.

B) Put in A / AN or THE. Sometimes you don’t need either word – you leave it
blank.

1. John Colloway is …………. bank manager. He works in ………… bank in ………


center of ……… London. Every morning he gets up at seven o’clock, has ………
breakfast and ……… cup of ……….. coffee, and reads ……….”Times”. Then he goes
to ………. work by …….. bus. In ………. morning, he usually makes ………..
telephone calls, sees ……….. customers and ………… dictates ………… letters. He
has ………. lunch at ……….. restaurant near ……… bank. In ……….. afternoon he
works until five or five-thirty, and then goes ………. home. He doesn’t work on
……….. Saturdays or Sundays; he goes to ………… cinema or reads. He likes
…………. novels and ……….. history. He is not married. He has ……….. sister in
………. Oxford and ……….. brother in ……….. London.
2. Have you got ……….. camera?
3. You need ………. visa to visit ……….. foreign countries, but not all of them.
4. When we reached the city center, ………… shops were still open but most
of them were already closed.
5. Jack has got ……….. very long legs, so he’s ……….. fast runner.
6. I’m looking for ………… job. And did Ann get ………. job she applied for?
7. Did ………. police find ………. person who stole your bicycle?
8. We went out for ………… meal last night. ………… restaurant we went to
was excellent.
9. This morning I had ……….. boiled egg and toast for breakfast.
10. Tom always gives Ann …………. flowers on her birthday.
11. I went into the shop and asked to speak to ……….. manager.
12. There’s no need to buy any milk. …………. milkman brings it every
morning.
13. It was warm and sunny, so we decided to sit in ………… garden.
14. Jane is ……….. teacher. Her parents were ……….. teachers too.
15. Bill’s got ……….. big feet.
16. Would you like to be ……….. actor?

C) Put a suitable article into the blanks:

1. My neighbour is ……….. photographer; let’s ask him for ……….. advice


about colour films.
2. I had ……… very bad night; I didn’t sleep ………. wink.
3. He is ………… vegeterian; you won’t get ………. meat at his house.
4. ………… youngest boy has just started going to ……….. school; ………. eldest
boy is at ………… college.
5. I went to ………… school to talk to ………… headmistress. I persuaded her
to let Ann give up …………. gymnastics and take ………. ballet lessons instead.
6. There was ………. knock on ………. door. I opened it and found …………
small dark man in ………. check overcoat and ……… soft hat.
7. - Are John and Mary ……….. cousins?
- No, they aren’t ………. cousins; they are ……….. brother and ……… sister.
8. ……….. postman’s little boy says that he’d rather be ………… dentist than
……….. doctor, because …………. dentists don’t get called out at ……….. night.
9. - Would you like to hear ………… story about ……….. Englishman, ………….
Irishman and ………. Scotsman?
- No. I’ve heard ……….. stories about ……….. Englishmen, ………… Irishmen and
………… Scotsmen before and they are all ……….. same.
10. “………. modern burglars don’t hide under ………. beds.” said her daughter.
11. ……….. most of ………… stories that ………… people tell about ……….. Irish
aren’t true.
12. Like many women, she loves ……….. tea parties and ………… gossip.
13. On ……….. Sundays my father stays in …………. bed till ten o’clock, reading
………. Sunday papers.
14. I have ……….. little money left; let’s have dinner in ……….. restaurant.
15. - I hope you have ………… lovely time and ………… good weather.
- But I’m not going for ………… holiday; I’m going on …………. business.
16. During ………. meal he gives her ………. instructions about ………. garden
and she tells him ………. village gossip.
17. My mother goes to …………church in …………. morning, and in …………
afternoon goes to visit ………… friends.

D) Some of the blank spaces below need ARTICLES, others do not. Fill in the
articles
where needed.

1. Tobacco is one of ………… most important products of ……….. South.


2. …………. fresh air is needed by all people.
3. …………. cotton which comes from ………… Alabama is better than ……….
cotton which comes from ………… Oklahoma.
4. ………… air in this room is fresh.
5. ………. important products which we ger from ………… India are ……….. tea,
……… cotton, and ………… rice.
6. …………. telephone seldom rings in our home.
7. …………. silver is …………. conductor of …………. electricity.
8. I get on ………… train at ………… same place every day.
9. ………… rain and ………… sun are needed for …………. raising of……….
vegetables.
10. Mary is waving to us from across …………. street.
11. ………… sun is shining but part of ………… sky is still covered with clouds.
12. …………. women use much make-up.
13. Sometimes everyone must take ………… medicine.
14. …………. coffee will keep you awake all night.
15. …………. medicine which ………….. doctor prescribed helped me.
16. …………. tea seems to keep some people awake.
17. He likes to study ………….. French.
18. …………. coffee is very strong.
19. In that course, we study …………. history of all ………… important countries
of Asia.
20. …………. coffee which comes from Brazil is ………… best.

E) Some of the blank spaces below need ARTICLES, others do not. Fill in the
articles
where needed.
1. He went to ………… Spain last month.
2. When you go to …………. Spain, be sure to see …………. Madrid.
3. He works in ………… building on ………… corner of ………. Tenth Ave. and
62nd St.
4. ………… Tokyo is ………… largest city in ……….. World.
5. ………… traffic on ………… Jones Avenue is heavy.
6. ………… Miami is ………… center of ………… tobacco industry.
7. ……… Rio Grande River forms …………. boundary between ………. U.S. and
Mexico.
8. ………… rivers of …………..eastern part of …………. United States flow
toward …………. East Coast.
9. …………. largest river in …………. America is …………. Mississippi.
10. …………. New York subway trains are very comfortable.
11. …………. climate of ……….. southern Florida is very nice all year.
12. …………. capital of …………. France is ………… Paris, but ………. capital of
………. England is London.
13. ………… Tenth Street has some very nice shops.
14. Some of …………. Tenth Street shops are very inexpensive, too.
15. ………….. President will be on ……….. TV tonight.

EXercise 1
http://a4esl.org/q/h/fb-lb-aanon.html
http://www.better-english.com/grammar/counta.htm

A, An, The, or (Nothing)


1. This coat was designed by ___ famous New York
artist.
a
2. Can you tell me how to get to ___ bank from here?
a OR the
3. ___ city museum is closed today.
The
4. He is one of ___ smartest people I know.
the
5. I recommend you eat ___ apple pie at this
restaurant.
the
6. ___ milk is good for you.
(nothing)
7. Would you like to see ___ movie?
a OR the
8. ___ apple a day keeps ___ doctor away.
An/the
9. I can't believe I failed ___ yesterday's test!
(nothing)
10. Do you have ___ dictionary that I can borrow?
a
A, An, The or Nothing
1. This is ___ easy question.
an
2. Please speak ___ little louder.
a
3. May I have your ___ phone number?
(nothing)
4. I have never seen ___ UFO.
a
5. May I ask you ___ question?
a / the
6. David is ___ best student in our class.
the
7. What is ___ name of the next station?
the
8. He has ___ my car today.
(nothing)
9. I went to ___ sea during my summer vacation.
the
10. Is there ___ public telephone near here?
a