Using a determiner the, a, and an can sometimes be tricky. So, let’s have another practice to brush it up. The rules are easy: fill the blanks with the correct determiner.
TIPS: Before you start answering, read this article on determiners: https://englishtips4u.com/2011/08/21/engtips-the-determiners-the-a-an/
- Here is _____ useful article about gardening that I found ______ few days ago.
- Have you heard? It snowed in _____ Sahara.
- He bought me _____ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ DVD box set as _____ birthday gift.
- When do you plan to return _____ book to me?
- I think I’m going to wear _____ white shirt for _____ interview tomorrow.
- After performing for almost 40 years, Gary Oldman finally received _____ Oscar in 2018.
- Which one do you think I should take, _____ TOEFL or _____ IELTS?
- It’s such _____ honor to perform for _____ Queen.
Explanation: ‘Useful’ makes a yoo sound, which sounds like there is a consonant ‘y,’ therefore it is ‘a useful article.’ ‘a few days’ is clear enough.
Explanation: The Sahara is a specific area, only one in the world.
Explanation: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ begins with a vowel, therefore the determiner is ‘an.’ ‘a birthday gift’ is clear enough.
Explanation: People in the conversation have already known which book the speaker is referring to, so ‘the’ is the correct article.
Explanation: ‘a white shirt’ is the correct form as the shirt was not specified enough. ‘the interview’ is the correct form because it is already specified that it will happen ‘tomorrow.’
Explanation: ‘Oscar’ begins with a vowel.
Explanation: Both noun refer to general TOEFL/IELTS, but it is also acceptable not to put any articles, since TOEFL & IELTS are already established names.
Explanation: Although ‘honor’ starts with a consonant, the ‘h’ is mute or unread. Therefore, we put ‘an’ as the determiner. For the second part, a nation normally has only one queen, so ‘the Queen’ is the correct form.
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