1. Complete the text with a, an, the or nothing (-), if no article is required.
Although 1) _____ British are more health-conscious than they used to be, many of them still like to eat 2) _____ bacon for breakfast once or twice 3) _____ week. But most are unaware that there is 4) _____ unusual custom surrounding bacon. 5) _____ custom is known to date back hundreds of years to 6) _____ 13th century or even earlier.
According to tradition, 7) _____ married couple could win a large piece of bacon if they could prove to a judge that they had not regretted their marriage or had 8) _____ argument for at least 9) _____ year and 10) _____ day. In one town, Dunmow, 11) _____ couple had to kneel on sharp stones and say 12) _____ special poem which ended with the lines: ‘For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.’ After 13) _____ poem, there was a noisy parade around town. Dunmow claims to be the only town in 14) _____ Britain which still continues 15) _____ tradition to this day.
1) the 2) – 3) a 4) an 5) The 6) The 7) a 8) an 9) a
10) a 11) a 12) a 13) the 14) – 15) the
2. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.
1) parents __________ went to university, but neither of them finished their degree.
a both b every c either
2) Nearly __________ of classmates are going to the end-of-term party.
a every b most c all
3) grandfather left £1,000 to __________ of his grandchildren.
a each b every c either
4) The best thing about this Indian restaurant is that __________ dish tastes different.
a another b all c every
5) We’ve hardly spent __________ time together this holiday.
a all b any c whole
1) a 2) c 3) a 4) c 5) b
3. Complete the sentences with few, a few, little or a little.
1) Your homework would be better if you spent __________ more time on it.
2) These days, there are so __________ opportunities to escape from technology.
3) I’ve invited Claudia to the party, but frankly there’s __________ chance she’ll come.
4) Anna is spending the weekend with __________ of her friends from school.
5) As the detective was leaving the room, he noticed __________ blook on the wall.
6) Soya beans contain a lot of protein and very __________ fat.
7) Many people start writing a novel, but __________ people actually finish.
8) grandmother spent __________ years in India when she was a child.
1) a little 2) few 3) little 4) a few 5) a little 6) little
7) few 8) a few
4. Add of to these sentences only when it is necessary in order to make the sentence correct.
1) I gave Christmas presents to all ____ friends.
2) Lions spend much ____ their time sleeping.
3) Both ____ his sisters went to this school.
4) Each ____ us understood how serious the situation was.
5) It was so hot that I spent the whole ____ night awake.
6) Are many ____ your friends going to university?
1) – 2) of 3) – 4) of 5) – 6) of
5. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. Use the words in brackets.
1) We didn’t see any polar bears in Alaska. (no)
We __________________ in Alaska.
2) There were very few people in the square. (any)
There __________________ in the square.
3) He gave each of the children a copy of his new book. (every)
He gave __________________ of his new book.
4) We couldn’t eat all of the cake – it was huge! (whole)
We couldn’t __________________ it was huge!
5) He spent most of his holiday in bed with sunstroke. (nearly)
He spent __________________ in bed with sunstroke.
1) saw no polar bears
2) were hardly any people
3) every child a copy
4) eat the whole cake
5) nearly all (of) his holiday/ nearly the whole of his holiday