S2 English homework. Exercise 4.
The Definite & Indefinite Article
Copy the following note into your jotter.
The Definite Article: This is the grammatical term for the word ‘the'. We use the definite article when we are talking about a particular thing.
E.g. The girl I met yesterday. This suggests that you are talking about one particular girl.
The definite article does not change when more than one thing is being talked about.
E.g. The girls I met yesterday.
The Indefinite Article: This is the grammatical term for the words ‘a' and ‘an'. We use ‘an' in front of a word that begins with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) such as an apple or words which begin with a silent h such as an hour.
The plural forms of the indefinite article are some and any.
E.g. I bought some new tops but I didn't buy any trousers.
Task: Copy out the following sentences. Put the correct form of the definite and indefinite article, as indicated by the brackets, in the blank spaces.
1. I couldn't find ___ towels in the cupboard. (Indef)
2. First he ate ____ cheesecake and then he ate ___ pie. (Indef)
3. I looked for ___ book that you were asking for. (Def)
4. Did you post ___ invitations? (Def)
5. Did the king have ___ heir to the throne? (Indef)
6. Would you like to watch ___ video? (Indef)
7. We needed ___ engineer not __ plumber to fix it. (Indef)
8. I bought ___ cakes when I went to the supermarket. (Def)
9. He blew up ___ balloons for the party. (Indef)
10. Do you have ____ candles for the cake? (Def)