Definite and Indefinite Articles by Soledad Morales Sánchez is licensed under a Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 3.0 Unported License.
Here are the rules for when to use "A, An or The": a = indefinite article (not a specific object, one of a number of the same objects) with consonants She has a dog. I work 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? She 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, isnt 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 four bedrooms. I ate in a Chinese restaurant. The restaurant was very good. 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". He lives in Washington near Mount Rainier. They live in northern British Columbia. Use an article with bodies of water, oceans and seas - My country borders on the Pacific Ocean DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about things in general I like Russian tea. She likes reading books. DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about meals, places, and transport He has breakfast at home I go to university. He comes to work by taxi.
Put a, an, the, or nothing in the blanks in the following sentences. 1. _____ friend of mine is coming to visit next week. 2. _____ Italian people love Stuart, and now he is working for ______ international radio station. 3. Steve comes from_______ United States. He lives in _______ New York. 4. I heard ______ knock on ______ door. 5. When do you get ______ home? 6. There was _____ song in _____ bedroom. 7. Are you ______ doctor? 8. My country borders on _____ Pacific Ocean. 9. We are ______ Mexicans 10. I am afraid I can’t remember ________ exact date of _____ the concert. Complete these paragraphs with a, an, the, or nothing.1 _______ Eiffel Tower in Paris was built between 1887 and 1889. 2 ______architect was Stephen Sauvestre.There is 3 _____ restaurant on the second level called 4 ______ Jules VerneRestaurant and there is 5 _______ restaurant on the first level called 6.________Altitude 95. There are 7 _______ stores on the third level and of coursethere is 8 ______ great view of 9 ______ city. There are 1,665 steps to 10_____top of 11_____ the tower, but there is also 12 ______ elevator.
AnswersPut a, an, the, or nothing in the blanks in the following sentences. 1. a 2. - the 3. the- 4. .a-the 5. 6. a-the 7. a 8. the 9. 10. the-theComplete these paragraphs with a, an, the, or nothing. 1. The 2. The 3. A 4. The 5. A 6. Nothing 7. Nothing 8. A 9. The 10. The 11. The 12. An