English Grammar: Articles
This section, on the use of articles in English (a/an/the), has a video story and a series of exercises. You can watch the whole video or just watch smaller sections of it.
Some exercises are easier, with gaps indicated for missing articles; other exercises are harder because no gaps are indicated. You can also download a PowerPoint with the material from the video.
Ms Parrot - Thanks a Million!
View the introductory video on articles and how they work. This video is both educational and humorous! Watch the whole story, or see sections of the story below.
View the video through the Chinese site Youku.
View the individual video chapters
To view the individual chapters of the video you can either click the 'PLAYLIST' menu item in the YouTube video above and select the chapter from there or you can click one of the links below and view the individual video on YouTube.
- Thanks a Million - Introduction
- Thanks a Million - The opening of the game show
- Thanks a Million - Teaching about articles
- Thanks a Million - The game show - $100 to $4,000
- Thanks a Million - The game show - $8,000 to $100,000
- Thanks a Million - The game show - $132,000 to $500,000
- Thanks a Million - The game show - $1,000,000
- Thanks a Million - English grammar is safe
- Exercise 1: Articles in the movie 1
- Exercise 2: Articles in the movie 2
- Exercise 3: Articles gap fill
- Exercise 4: Missing articles
To do the exercises, think carefully about each noun, using the following chart:
|Is the noun singular and countable?||Is the noun plural or uncountable?|
|Is it definite?||Is it definite?|
The above chart is based on information in: Master, P 1986, Science, medicine and technology: English grammar and technical writing, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.
Remember: If you have a singular countable noun then you must use an article in almost every case. (If you have words like my, one, each or both before the noun, then no article is necessary.) If you don’t know whether a noun is countable or not, check in an English learner’s dictionary. There are at least six of these freely available online.
Sometimes there is more than one choice when using an article – even native speakers disagree, depending on whether or not they feel the noun is definite or not.