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HOME > ENGLISH GRAMMAR EXERCISES > Article or no article 1

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ONLINE ENGLISH GRAMMAR QUIZ
topic: ARTICLE or NO ARTICLE? | level: Advanced



Choose the correct (and most natural-sounding) response to complete each sentence:

1. ________ Swedish is a difficult language to learn.
  NO ARTICLE
  The
  A

2. ________ general's army attacked the city at night.
  NO ARTICLE
  The
  A

3. I like to play ________ basketball.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

4. My parents gave me ________ basketball for my birthday.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

5. She is ________ prettiest girl in the school.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

6. I have ________ idea! Let's go bowling.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  an

7. I have borrowed ________ money from her before.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a

8. My first apartment was on ________ Orange Street.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  an

9. ________ dress she is wearing is blue.
  NO ARTICLE
  The
  A

10. He is ________ real gentleman.
  NO ARTICLE
  the
  a


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grammar notes
Four situations (out of many more :) when you shouldn't use articles:

1. Before abstract nouns used in a general sense.
ex. Happiness is hard to find, Crime is up this year.

2. With many cities or countries.
ex. I live in London, She is from France.

3. With names of sports.
ex. I play tennis, He played volleyball.

4. In front of company names.
ex. She works at Walmart, He got fired from Sony.

This can be a fairly difficult topic for ESL students, but there are many sites that can clarify it for you :) If you'd like more information about articles (definite and indefinite) and their usage (or in this case non-usage), check out the Use and Non-Use of Articles (Purdue University) page.


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