An Online Catalogue
of English Grammar Exercises
'a' and 'the' or nothing (O)
for Stanislav Volkov from the
This section is practice of difficult areas to do
with 'a' and 'the' and times when you don't use them. (Also see how 'some'
and 'any' belong to this family of words. Also ideas under 'the').
When you use the name of a person, a place, or a
planet or languages or subjects you study at school, don´t use 'the' or 'a'.
Put nothing! e.g. Dante, not 'the' Dante! We all know about the existence
of these things so, in English, this becomes knowledge we share and we don´t need an article.
Mercury is very close to the sun. I enjoyed learning Greek and
nothing or 'the' here.
1. .........earth has human life but the planet Mars does not. 2.
.........Mary likes chewing gum but .......teacher doesn´t! 3.
.........Buckingham Palace is......Queen´s home or one of them. 4.
.........Yasuko and Massi are students from Japan and Iran. 5.
.........Brazil is larger than ...... Colombia. 6. ..........God works in
mysterious ways. (a saying!) 7. Did you find it hard to learn ....Dutch at
school. Yes, very! 8. I can never decide whether I prefer ....Quantas or...Pan
Am. Most Airlines have good and bad points. What do you think?
Answers: 1.The (in English we talk about The Earth!) 2. 0; the 3.0; the
(we talk about The Queen, but 'Queen Elizabeth' and The King but 'King Juan
Carlos') 4. O 5. O, O. 6. O 7.O 8.O!
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