Let’s learn about how to use ‘a’ and ‘the’ with our A2 Article Grammar Exercises.
A2 Article Grammar Exercises
The definite article ‘the’ is pronounced in two different ways. We normally pronounce ‘the’ with a short sound [thuh] for words such as the sky, the pineapple. However, when ‘the’ comes before a vowel sound, we pronounce it as a long [thee] for words such as the ice cream, the underground, the orange.
Here are some more examples:
Words beginning with a vowel but use the short sound [thuh] the university, the uniform, the universe
Words beginning with a consonant but use the long sound [thee] the hour, the honour student, the honest person
Uses of the article ‘a’ and ‘the’.
You use the when:
- it is clear which person or thing you are talking about: I put the keys on the table.
- there is only one of these people or things: I saw the president in London yesterday.
You use a when:
- you have not talked about something before: I read a book last week.
- you say what jobs people do: She is training to be a nurse.
Sometimes there is no article before a noun
- She is at home.
- He is in bed.
- I am at school.
But we use ‘the’ for the following:
- He is at the cinema.
- We are going to the hospital.
- I went to the bank yesterday.