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Art Scene 1 Language Focus

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.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

Could any of you tell me what Ash and Rob said at 00:13 - 00:19, 00:26 - 00:29 ? I can't catch their speaking speed.

Hello May Thida Su,

00:13 - 00:19:

Ashlie: I know! He really did think that rubbish bin was a piece of art!

 

00:26 - 00:29

Ashlie: Yeah. It is something you read in a newspaper or a magazine.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Why do English speaking people care about the number?
I need to memorize plural/singular nouns, but still it's tricky! ;)

Great tips.

Thanks.

Hello...

hello

Having learned the rules, I'm not 100% sure about articles.
For example, will you tell me which is correct?

Mr.A was a villain in the war.
Mr.A was the villain in the war.

Hello Rafaela1,

Both sentences are possible.

If you say a villain then we understand that there were many villains and Mr. A is one of them.

If you say the villain then we understand that there was one particular villain (perhaps the only one, or perhaps the main one, or perhaps one which was mentioned before) and that Mr. A was that villain.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Peter! I appreciate your great help which motivates my learning! :))

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