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General use of the article

General use of the article
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Activity Drag&Drop
Complete these sentences with the correct article or with -- (nothing) when no article is possible. IMPORTANT! In sentences where you can correctly put an article or nothing (--), you must use the article for this exercise. Only when nothing (--) is the only possibility, we accept it.
 

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Instructions

Click on the words at the bottom and drag them into the empty boxes of the sentence to complete it.
 

Note: In cases when you can use some/any or no article, it is more normal to use some/any
"I need some milk" is more normal than "I need milk".

When talking in general there is no article
- I like apples   
- tigers live in Asia    
- grass is green and water is transparent

Note: French wine is very expensive (we are not talking about all the wine in general, but we are talking about all the "French wine" in general, so we use no article)

When talking about something particular and known, we use "the" in every case
- the president of Uganda is ill    (we know what president we are talking about)
- the elephants of Africa are bigger than those in Asia
- the wine you sell is excellent

When talking about something particular but unspecified, we use the indefinite article:
- I want an apple  (I don't want a specific apple, any apple is fine, this or that or that one there; if it's an apple, it's ok)
- I want apples = I want some apples
- I want wine = I want some wine
 
The indefinite article "a" ("an" before a vowel) is singular, and so, we cannot use it for plurals or uncountables. Nevertheless, in those cases we can normally use the indefinite article "some" ("any" for interrogatives and negatives).

- I have a book
- I have books = I have some books
- I don't have books = I don't have any books
- Have you got books? = Have you got any books?
 
REMEMBER! "some/any" is an indefinite article, and so, it can only be used when the quantity or number is unspecified and not very big, otherwise, we do not use it (if you have thousands of books you cannot say "I have some books", you have to say "I have books / I have many books"). It means something similar to "a few / a little".

Items

Gapped text Items
All ______________________ cars are very expensive a / some / an / -- / any / the
all ______________________ cars in this car park look very expensive an / the / any / a / some / -- / the
Are there ______________________ children in the garden? any / -- / an / some / the / a
______________________ birds can fly -- / any / some / a / an / the
Can you pass me ______________________ sugar, please? any / some / -- / the / a / an
______________________ children spend their life learning an / -- / any / some / a / the
______________________ diamond rings are too expensive for me some / the / -- / a / an / any
Did you see ______________________ tigers? a / any / -- / some / the / an
Do ______________________ English people work hard? some / any / the / a / an / --
Do ______________________ English people you know work hard? any / a / -- / the / some / an
Do you collect ______________________ stamps? any / an / a / -- / the / some
Do you like ______________________ coffee? I can make you one. any / some / an / a / -- / the
- Do you like ______________________ French wine? - No, I prefer ______________________ sherry a / the / any / an / any / an / some / the / some / -- / a / --
- Do you like ______________________ coffee? - Yes, but it's a bit too hot, I'll wait some / any / an / the / -- / a
Do you need ______________________ sugar? I can buy it. some / any / the / a / -- / an
Do you need ______________________ umbrella? I've got many. -- / some / an / the / any / a
______________________ grass is green and ______________________ water is transparent a / some / the / -- / an / -- / an / any / the / any / a / some
Have you got ______________________ boyfriend? -- / the / any / some / a / an
Have you got ______________________ books I can read? the / some / -- / an / a / any
He's got ______________________ big hands some / the / -- / a / any / an
Hey, listen to ______________________ birds, they are singing very strangely an / some / a / any / -- / the
No thanks, I don't need ______________________ milk any / the / some / a / -- / an
I dreamt of ______________________ man without ______________________ head the / a / some / an / an / -- / the / any / any / -- / a / some
I haven't got ______________________ friends here a / the / -- / some / an / any
Sorry, I haven't got ______________________ potatoes left any / -- / some / the / an / a
I can't find ______________________ nice books in this library any / the / a / some / -- / an
I like ______________________ bananas a / -- / some / the / any / an
I like ______________________ Spanish food, but ______________________ Spanish food Lola prepares is the best. -- / the / the / some / an / an / any / some / a / -- / any / a
I need ______________________ bananas. a / an / any / the / some / --
I only wear ______________________ coat in winter. an / any / the / a / some / --
I'm not wearing ______________________ ring because I'm not married -- / some / an / the / a / any
In the jungle you can find ______________________ birds and ______________________ monkeys. the / -- / -- / a / a / any / some / some / the / any / an / an
I've got ______________________ birds at home any / -- / a / an / some / the
I've got ______________________ friends in China some / an / a / the / -- / any
She bought ______________________ new stamps for her collection. -- / any / a / some / an / the
I've seen ______________________ very good films recently. a / some / -- / the / an / any
______________________ pop music always makes me want to dance. -- / a / an / any / some / the
My father is ______________________ doctor some / any / an / -- / the / a
______________________ palm trees don't grow in Scotland a / any / some / an / -- / the
Paul has got ______________________ big eyes. a / the / any / an / -- / some
______________________ planes are faster than ______________________ cars. -- / the / -- / an / some / any / some / the / any / an / a / a
Sandra is ______________________ nurse. any / -- / some / an / a / the
She's got ______________________ long face. any / -- / the / an / a / some
Kelly's got ______________________ short fair hair. the / an / -- / some / a / any
______________________ children learn very quickly, but others have problems. any / -- / an / the / some / a
______________________ friends are coming for dinner, so I have to clean ______________________ house. an / any / the / an / -- / a / -- / the / a / any / some / some
______________________ shops are open, but most are closed. -- / an / any / some / a / the
______________________ sugar isn't good for you. a / the / -- / an / any / some
______________________ film wasn't very good, but I liked ______________________ music. the / an / some / any / a / any / -- / the / a / some / -- / an
______________________ zoo was nice, but ______________________ tigers looked very sad. some / -- / the / an / a / a / any / -- / the / some / any / an
There are ______________________ eggs in the fridge. the / some / an / -- / a / any
There aren't ______________________ shops open at this time. some / -- / any / the / an / a
______________________ tigers live in Asia. some / any / an / the / a / --
We haven't got ______________________ tomatoes. a / -- / any / an / some / the
We went to ______________________ zoo with ______________________ children. any / -- / some / -- / an / the / any / the / an / some / a / a
You've got ______________________ very beautiful eyes. -- / the / a / some / an / any
Total number of items: 56

 

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