English Grammar Exercises for A2 – Articles

1. Complete the sentences with a, an and the.

1) I saw ______ great film at ______ weekend. It was ______ romantic comedy.

2) uncle is ______ architect. He works for ______ government.

3) There’s ______ beautiful river near house, but ______ water is very cold.

4) On ______ sunny day, we can see ______ sea from our balcony.

5) There’s ______ Chinese restaurant and ______ café near here, but ______ café is closed on Sundays.

6) The police are searching for ______ tall man with ______ broken nose.

7) Is there ______ cinema in this town?

8) I got ______ phone and ______ tennis racket for birthday.

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1) a, the, a 2) an, the   3) a, the   4) a, the

5) a, a, the   6) a, a   7) a   8) a, a

2. Complete one sentence in each pair with the definite article (the) and tick ✓ the other.

1)  a Do you like ______ biscuits?  ✓

b Don’t eat __the__ biscuits, they’re for sister.

2)  a We moved to this town because ______ school is very good.

b She works hard when she’s at ______ school.

3)  a The neighbours knocked on our door to complain about ______ music.

b We sometimes listen to ______ music in the car.

4)  a In December, ______ cold weather is normal in northern areas.

b They decided not to go camping because of ______ cold weather.

5)  a uncle buys ______ books, but he never reads them.

b I enjoyed the Harry Potter films, but I think ______ books are better.

6)  a I’d rather not go to the Italian restaurant because I don’t eat ______ pasta.

b The food is fantastic and all ______ pasta is home-made.

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2) a   the / b ✓

3) a   the / b ✓

4) a   ✓ / b   the

5) a   ✓ / b   the

6) a   ✓ / b   the

Challenge!

Find out which countries need the definite article (the).

1) ____ __ United States

2) ____ __ Wales

3) ____ __ France

4) ____ __ Philippines

5) ____ __ Ukraine

6) ____ __ Netherlands

7) ____ __ South Africa

8) ____ __ Czech Republic

9) ____ __ New Zealand

10) ____ __ United Kingdom

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1) the   2) –   3) –   4) the    5) –   6) the   7) –   8) the   9) –   10) the

3. Correct the errors in some of these sentences by crossing out the extra word. Tick ✓ the correct ones.

1) sister is a vegetarian – she doesn’t eat the meat.

2) Before he became a teacher, dad was a scientist. ✓

3) Yesterday, parents came into school to speak to the head teacher.

4) We’re planning a trip to the South America.

5) I had the fun in Scotland, but the journey home was terrible.

6) Sarah doesn’t usually like the rap music, but she loves the Black Eyed Peas.

7) grandparents live in a tiny cottage near the coast.

8) Some animals, like foxes, only come out at the night.

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3)

4) We’re planning a trip to South America.

5) I had fun in Scotland, but the journey home was terrible.

6) Sarah doesn’t usually like rap music, but she loves the Black Eyed Peas.

7)

8) Some animals, like foxes, only come out at night.

4. Complete the dialogue, Write a / an, the or – in the gaps.

Amanda Why weren’t you at 1) _____ school yesterday?

Joey        I had 2) _____ really bad headache. In fact, I was in 3) _____ bed all morning.

Amanda Poor you. But at least you missed history. We had 4) _____ exam.

Joey        Were 5) _____ questions difficult?

Amanda Not really. They were about 6) _____ Second World War.

Joey        I’m glad I missed 7) _____ exam. I’m not really interested in 8) _____ military history.

Amanda Me neither. Are you going to 9) _____ Grace’s party at 10) _____ weekend? It’s fancy dress.

Joey       I can’t. There’s 11) _____ rehearsal for 12) _____ school play that evening.

Amanda Oh. Why don’t you come to 13) _____ party after 14) _____ rehearsal?

Joey       Oh, OK. That’s 15) _____ good idea. I like 16) _____ fancy dress parties.

Amanda Me too, but I need to find 17) _____ costume. The theme is ‘horror’.

Joey Cool! 18) _____ school play is Dracula. I can wear 19) _____ same costume for 20) _____ rehearsal and 21) _____ party!

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1) –   2) a   3) –   4) an   5) the   6) the   7) the   8) –   9)

10) the   11) a   12) the   13) the   14) the   15) a   16) –   17) a

18) The   19) the   20) the   21) the