what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam

Articles are the demonstrative adjectives. We use articles before countable and

uncountable nouns.

Countable nouns are things we count.

Ex; One banana, two bananas

Uncountable things / nouns are things we cannot count

Ex: Sand, Rice

 

We can use a / an with singular countable nouns.

E.g.: a student, an umbrella, an orange.

Article ‘a’ is used before the word which starts with a consonant sound and a is  called indefinite article because it leaves indefinite the person or thing spoken of; 

E.g.: a bat, a cow, a dog, a rose, a doctor, a european, a one rupee note.

Article ‘an’ is used before the word which starts with a vowel sound and an is 

called indefinite article because it leaves indefinite the person or thing spoken of;  E.g.: an apple, an egg, an ice cream, an underpass, an hour (‘h’ is silent), an essay, an  MLA (sound of the letter ‘M’ / em/ ).

 

Article ‘The’ is called definite article.

‘The’ is used when we are mentioning of one particular thing

E.g.: I sat on the chair nearest to the door

v We use ‘the’ when there is only one of some thing.(Universal objects) 

The earth goes round the sun.

The moon goes round the earth.

v ‘The’ is used before the names of peaks, oceans, seas, deserts…

E.g., the Mount Everest, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Thar desert

v ‘The’ is used before musical instruments 

The flute, the violin, the guitar, the saxophone

v ‘The’ is used before superlative degree.

E.g. : The Nile is the longest river in the world

Raju is the tallest boy in the class

v ‘The’ is used before ordinal numbers 

E.g.: the first, the second….

v ‘The’ is used before directions 

The south, the north, the east etc.

 

Omission of articles

  1. The article is omitted before the names of the persons or places.

Exercise

Fill in the blanks with suitable articles;-

  1. There are seven days in ……….week.
  2. It wasn’t your fault it was …………accident
  3. t.
  4. I eat ……..banana every day.
  5. There is ……….hair in my soup.
  6. I am looking for ……….job.
  7. It was ………….good suggestion.
  8. I am ………optimist.
  9. I had ………….. Sandwich and ………apple for breakfast.
  10. I am going to see ……………..doctor.
  11. Do you want ……….egg.
  12. What is …………..name of that man we met yesterday?
  13. ……….sun is a star.
  14. Which is …………highest peak in the world?
  15. Can you tell me where ……….room No 25 is please? It is on……………second floor.
  1. Do you often listen to …………Radio?

No, infact I haven’t …………Radio?

Key answers

1.a 2. an 3.a 4.a 5.the 6.a 7.an  8.a, an 9.a(not particular) 10. An 11.the  12.the, the 13.the 14.the, the 15.the, the

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam 

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam 

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam 

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam 

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam 

what are Articles (A, An, The) English grammar ielts exam

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