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Using A, An or The

A for nouns that talk about one person or thing. An for nouns beginning with a vowel sound. The if you know what is being talked about.

A woman on a TV quiz show is answering questions containing articles a, an and the.

Peanut. No vowel sound and I don’t know which peanut he is talking about so a. Elephant. Eh-lee-phant. Vowel sound so an. Moon. Moon. Only one moon so I know which moon he is talking about so the. Kettle. Easy. No vowel sound so a. Now the difficult part – which is the largest? Hmmm . . .

Remember: The moon is larger than an elephant.
  • Exercise 1

    Put a, an, the or nothing to complete each sentence. If more than one answer is possible, tick both.

    Put a, an, the or nothing to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 2

    Put a, an, the or nothing to complete each sentence. If more than one answer is possible, tick both.

    Put a, an, the or nothing to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Re-write each sentence CAREFULLY using a, an or the where necessary.

    Re-write each sentence CAREFULLY using a, an or the where necessary.

  • Remember: The moon is larger than an elephant.

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