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Exercise 2

Articles Exercise from Memoirs of A Parrot

How much can you remember?

This exercise is very difficult because no gaps are indicated.

Can you add articles (a/an/the) where necessary in the following text?

After doing the exercise, click on the link at the bottom of the page to view the passage with correct articles inserted, together with an explanation of their use.




Ms Parrot, the most famous lady detective of the twenty-first century, was born in the United Kingdom in the 1960s. Since then, she has been to many countries, including Portugal, Singapore and Australia, and has lived in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere, as well as on the equator. She has never been to the Philippines or the United States, but she speaks English, French and Portuguese. Like Sherlock Holmes, the Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective, she plays the violin, and sometimes practises up to five times a day. She is also the only person in the world to have performed Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture in one breath on the recorder.

She has been a detective for thirty years and claims that although many people think that being a detective is a piece of cake, detectives generally work very hard and it's not all fun and games.

A detective is someone who solves mysteries, and the people who contact Ms Parrot have some very unusual problems. Little information is available about some of the cases she has solved, but a few of her most famous cases have attracted worldwide attention and she has been offered up to a thousand dollars an hour to help solve mysteries such as the case of an Australian owl in a uniform. The bird laid an egg in a European nest in less than an hour after its arrival. What a strange problem!

With great modesty, she has either declined such a fee or donated the money to the poor, or to the Grammar Survival Fund, believing that the detective should use their skills for the common good.


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