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Grammar check: articles

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Articles (a/an/the) are a subgroup of the determiners. Other determiners include: some, his, that, ...
Read the grammar rules and then do the exercises on this page to practice.
Grammar Focus

"A" or "an"

Remember from the grammar focus that we use "an" when the following noun phrase starts with a vowel sound.
1

Put the correct indefinite article before each of these words.

An advert, A commercial, A strategy, A USB , A university, A VIP, An hour, A European, An account, An MBA, An employee, An endorsement,

2
Read this text and decide for each gap if you need to add anything or leave it blank.

Ronaldinho breaks through the Pane Barrier - London Evening Standard

Ronaldinho smashed
a
window in
the
centuries-old cathedral of Santiago de Compostela while filming
a
television advert today.

Luckily for the Barcelona star,
the
window was only
a
small, modern addition to Spain's most famous pilgrims' shrine, in Galicia.

The
Brazilian blundered after being asked to try
a
scissor-kick beneath
the
cathedral's 12th century Portico de la Gloria (Portal of Glory).

"I asked Ronaldinho to hit
the
ball as hard as he could and he had
the
bad luck to hit
the
window," said the advert's director Emil Samper. "It was my fault." Almost as soon as the gorilla television commercial for Dairy Milk chocolate was first shown on 31 August, people started posting it on YouTube. People also started asking questions, like did it feature real gorilla playing drums?

So what role did the extraordinary take-up of gorilla ad on Internet play in Dairy Milk's success? And was success of the advert a lucky break? For like Unilever and Diageo, Cadbury has benefited from the free viral distribution of its advertising on Internet as consumers e-mail, post and create spoof versions of gorilla campaign. Gorilla commercial is most viewed advertisement so far this year on YouTube, the contentsharing website.
3

Sentences

Decide whether these sentences have grammar mistakes related to the articles or not.

  1. Knowledge of advertising code of practice is vital to those wishing to work in advertising industry.
  2. We want to film a TV commercial in Russia.
  3. The Think small. Volkswagen Beetle advert was one of most successful advertising campaigns of 20th century.
  4. Four major brands AOL, Yahoo, Freeserve and BT all achieve awareness of over 40% amongst UK adult population.
  5. Next year, I am going to work for an advertising agency in USA.
4

The Weather Cube

What's (1)
the
___
weather doing? We don't have to watch (2)
the
___
weather report to find out - all we need to do is look at our weather cubes. Currently (3)
the
___
most popular gadget in Japan, (4)
the
___
battery-powdered device is (5)
a
___
four-inch cube which can predict (6)
the
___
weather up to eight hours in advance. (8)
the
___
cube gives (7)
a
___
12- to 24-hour forecast via easy-to-read symbols- clouds, rain, sun - displayed on (9)
an
___
LCD screen. (10)
the
___
device can predict (11)
___
rain, features (12)
a
___
snow possibility alarm, and will even display sunrise and sunset times in cities around (13)
the
___
world. Would you go on (14)
a
___
picnic without one? (15)
The
___
weather cube is (16)
an
___
essential travel accessory.
5
Fill the gaps or leave them blank. (the/a/an/ ) They say (1)
__
an
apple (2)
__
a
day keeps (3)
__
the
doctor away, but I don't believe them. I like (4)
__
bananas. I think (5)
__
a
banana (6)
__
a
day will do (7)
__
a
better job of keeping (8)
__
the
doctor away. (9)
__ bananas
Bananas
are full of (10)
__
good things. For example, eating (11)
__
a / ZERO ARTICLE
banana before you exercise can give you enough energy for (12)
__
a
90-minute workout. If you are anemic, you should know that (13)
__
bananas are high in (14)
__
iron. If you have (15)
__
high blood pressure, eating (16)
__
a / ZERO
banana will help regulate your (17)
__
potassium. In fact, (18)
__
the
US Food and Drug Administration makes (19)
__
an
official claim that (20)
__
fruit can help reduce (21)
__
the
risk of (22)
__
a / ZERO ARTICLE
heart attack or stroke. If you are feeling down, eating (23)
__
bananas can help that too! (24)
__ bananas
Bananas
contain (25)
__
tryptophan, (26)
__
a
type of protein that converts to (27)
__
serotonin, (28)
__
the
"feel-good" chemical in the brain. Of course, (29)
__
they
are full of (30)
__
fiber, which can help you control (31)
__
the
number of calories you consume and help regulate (32)
__
the
digestive system. So, I think (33)
__
the
saying should be, (34) "
__
An
apple and (35)
__
a
banana (36)
__
a
day will keep (37)
__
the
doctor away."
6
Look at the rules below for the use of the definite article (the). Either make up or find from the text above one example for each rule.

EXAMPLE: a) They sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.

We use the definite article (the):

  1. with rivers oceans/seas
    1. There are a lot of bridges across the Thames.
    2. A Parisian man fell in the Seine. (He must have been insane)
  2. with superlatives
    1. This is the best English course I've ever seen.
    2. He is the tallest boy in his class.
    3. She is the most wonderful cook in the world!
  3. when there is only one thing
    1. The Earth.
    2. The moon.
    3. The queen.
  4. with particular nouns when it is clear what we are talking about
    1. Please pass the pepper pot. (The only pepper pot on the table.)
    2. Whose turn is it to do the washing up?
  5. with previously mentioned things.
7
Look at the rules below for the use of the indefinite articles (a/an). Either make up or find from the text above one example for each rule.
We use the indefinite article (a/an) with:
  1. jobs
    1. My brother is an engineer.
    2. I always wanted to be an engine driver.
  2. singular countable nouns (mentioned for the first time or when it doesn't matter which one).
    We use the zero article with:
  3. most streets, towns, countries, mountains etc.
  4. uncountable, plural and abstract nouns used in their general sense.
8

Revenge

Select either The/a/an or nothing (Zero article)

Oh, talking of revenge, I heard (1)
a
___
great story once. There was (2)
a
___
girl, who had been dumped by her boyfriend, because he'd decided he'd had enough of her. He told her to move her things out of his flat before he got back from (3)
a
___
business trip. I think he was going to (4)
the
___
States for a month or something. Anyway, she moves her stuff out straightaway but before she leaves, she picks (5)
the
___
phone up and dials (6)
the
___
speaking clock in her home town, on the other side of (7)
the
___
world! (8)
The
___
speaking clock goes on telling (9)
the
___
time to an empty flat for days and days, saying ... "At (10)
the
___
third stroke, it'll be ten twenty-five and thirty seconds. Precisely! ...." Eventually her boyfriend returns to find (11)
the
___
phone still off the hook. You can imagine (12)
the
___
look on his face when he read (13)
the
___
telephone bill. One single call to (14)
an
___
unknown number accounted for (15)
___
of the bill. Apartently it had lasted for (16)
a
___
solid month! It wasn't even (17)
a
___
local rate call. That must have been really satisfying for (18)
the
___
dumped girl! She really got her own back, didn't she? Would you take (19)
___
revenge on (20)
an
___
ex-partner, if they had treated you like that?

That will teach him a lesson

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That will teach him a lesson, he won't forget in a hurry.




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