Articles Name ________________________
Add the definite article the in the blank spaces if necessary. Write X if no the is necessary. Use the information in the handout Articles: “the”--Rules for using the with proper nouns.
There is no part of _____ world which I have not visited. I have traveled through _____ thickest jungles of _____ Africa and _____ upper regions of _____ Amazon. I have been through _____ Taj Mahal, _____ Vatican, and _____ Leaning Tower of _____ Pisa. I have even gone to _____ Seven Wonders of _____ World. I wonder if you can tell me _____ names of _____ seven great structures in this group?
I have been over _____ Cuba, _____ Philippine Islands, _____ England, and _____ Russia. I have touched _____ top of _____ Empire State Building, _____ peak of _____ Mount Everest, and _____ whole range of _____ Alps. I have drifted on _____ Rhine River, _____ Lake Victoria, _____ Atlantic Ocean, _____ Caribbean Sea, and _____ Gulf of _____ Mexico. I have been through _____ streets of _____ New York, _____ Berlin, and _____ Singapore. I have wandered through _____ Balkans, _____ Near East, and _____ Scandinavian Peninsula. How many of these things have you done?
I have passed through _____ Houses of Parliament in _____ Great Britain, through _____ White House in _____ Washington, and through _____ Kremlin in _____ Moscow. I have been to _____ Coliseum in _____ Rome, _____ Acropolis in _____ Athens, _____ Louvre in _____ Paris, _____ Lenin’s Tomb in _____ Russia, and _____ Statue of Liberty in _____ New York Harbor. I have been in _____ Texas, _____ largest state in the United States, in _____ Venezuela, _____ northernmost state of _____ South America, and in _____ Republic of _____ Panama, split by _____ Panama Canal. Do you think that you could locate all of these places on your map?
I have been through _____ Orient, over _____ length of _____ Long Island, and down _____ Park Avenue. I have traveled down _____ Mississippi River, over _____ island of Taiwan, and around _____ entire Australian continent. I have gone through _____ United Nations Building and _____ Imperial Japanese Palace. I have been through all _____ countries in _____ Americas, in all _____ cities in _____ Europe, and from _____ one end of _____ British Commonwealth to _____ other.
Although I have gone to _____ Columbia University and _____ MIT, _____ Saint Andrews, _____ Oxford, and _____ Sorbonne, _____ University of _____ California, _____ Pennsylvania State College, and _____ Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, I did not learn geography in these schools. Now can you guess who I am?
Choose the, a, or an for each blank in the following selection.
I live in _____ small house in _____ country. There is _____ small city _____ few miles away. Going to _____ city is no problem unless you are in _____ hurry. There is _____ bus which stops at _____ little gas station opposite our house, but _____ driver of _____ bus never carries _____ watch or pays any attention to _____ printed schedule which he distributes regularly. Therefore, when I have _____ appointment or _____ important engagement, I never depend on _____ Lexington Transportation Company (_____ name of _____ bus line). _____ week ago, I wanted to go into _____ city to buy _____ suit. However, I was expecting _____ guest to come spend _____ evening with us, so I wanted to get back to _____ house early. In order not to lose any time, I drove to _____ city. I parked in front of _____ one-hour parking meter. When I returned with _____ suit, _____ policeman was standing there. _____ meter indicated _____ violation. I had been away more than _____ hour. _____ policeman was putting _____ parking ticket on _____ car. I tried to persuade him to tear up _____ ticket. I soon realized this was _____ waste of time. When I went to _____ Court House _____ week later, I found out _____ fine for _____ violation was five dollars.
Source: Taylor, G.
(1956). Mastering American English. New York: McGraw-Hill,
Christine Bauer-Ramazani; last updated: July 09, 2017