Rob and Ashlie talk about the little words which cause so much trouble: articles!

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Use a, an, or 0 (no article) to complete the sentences.

Exercise

Task 2

Use the definite (the) or indefinite article (a) to finish the sentences.

Exercise

Task 3

Match the questions with the answers using I guess.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Hello.I have a question.I often hear Rob says "If you are learning English" why he uses Present Continuous Tense instead Present Simple Tense?Or they both correct.

Hello Malyek,

As you can see on our page on talking about the present, the present continuous form can be used to express a number of different meanings. The speaker can choose to emphasise the habitual or permanent nature of the learning (using the present simple) or the ongoing process nature of it (using the present continuous). Both forms are quite possible and it is a question of speaker preference.

You might also find this page on the continuous aspect useful.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot Peter.If you don't mind i'll ask you one more question about word can.I found that "can" have 2 pronounciations.Full form-pronounce like ken,and second form-kan.Is that right???I hope you understood me.

Hello Malyek,

'Can' has two pronunications - one weak (unstressed) and one strong. You can see the phonemic transcription of both of these, plus listen to them (by clicking on the speaker icons) by using our dictionary. You can see the link on the right of this page - just type 'can' into the window and click 'Look it up!'

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks. it is very useful episodes.The golden rules excellent.

Hi Peter, i am Aaron again. i just want to ask why did Rob call a, an and the articles? Thank you!!

Hi Aaron,

Rob calls 'a', 'an' and 'the' articles because that is their name in the grammar system, but I'm not sure there is a reason why that is their name!  

Articles are a kind of determiner and you can find out more about them and other determiners on this page.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much!!

Hi there,
Thanks a lot for that great effort you  are doing to help us learning English .My question is that : do we use articles  with uncountable nouns ?
 

Hi om nawal,

We do not use the indefinite article with uncountable nouns (as we cannot have one item) but we can certainly use the definite article when referring to a specific item, just as with any noun.

The sugar is on the table.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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