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For many learners of the English language, the article is a difficult aspect to master. This is because many languages do not use the article, so many speakers of English as a second language just leave it out of conversations, which can be confusing for the hearer. By othe time you have finished reading this article, you should have gained useful practice of the English definite and indefinite articles if you are a learner, and an increased appreciation of the wonders of your language if you’re already native-speaker fluent 88์นด.


Scientific research shows that the best way to master a topic or subject is through practice, especially through quizzes. To gain the most from a quiz, it is critical to take it before, and then after, studying the topic. Therefore, if you do the following quiz before reading the rest of this article, you will benefit maximally, and will also be able to check your own progress in learning. The answers are given at the end of the article.

Preliminary Quiz

Choose the letter corresponding to the correct answer, (a) or (b):

Q1. She’s reading Italian at ____.

  1. university
  2. the university

Q2. He was sent to ____ for theft.

  1. prison
  2. the prison

Q3. I spoke to ______.

  1. manager
  2. the manager

Q4. Do you often go to _____?

  1. church
  2. the church

Q5. She’s gone to ____.

  1. work
  2. the work

Q6. She’s afraid of ____.

  1. cats
  2. the cats

Q7. They enjoy ____.to Provence

  1. trips
  2. the trips

Q8. All ____.in that library belong to the State.

  1. books
  2. the books

Fill in the gaps for Q10 & Q11with the definite or indefinite article:

Q9. I watched ____ good movie last week: ____ actors were unknown, but ____ storyline was great.

Q10. He has ____ Portuguese name, but in fact he’s Lebanese: ____ name of his restaurant combines both cultures.

In the statements below, insert or remove an article if necessary:

Q11. I am tired of doing same thing every day.

Q12. The travellers at the train station were sent to wrong platform.

Q13. Terry doesn’t go to the church.

Q14. The firefighters were called to prison to put out a fire.

The Definite and Indefinite Articles

A noun is defined as the name of any person, place or thing (e.g. table, book, Paris, John); while an adjective describes, or gives more information about, a noun (e.g. expensive table, the red book, beautiful Paris, tall John)

‘A/an’ versus ‘the’

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