Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 2 – Grammar – Articles

Welcome back to another ESL podcast and blog.  Today’s special is on articles, and here are some of the rules down below.

  1. We don’t use an article when we talk about things in general.
  2. We use to talk about a singular, countable person or thing for the first time, or to say that the person or thing is one of a number of things or people.
  3. We use the to talk about a specific person or thing or a person or thing mentioned before.
  4. We use the to talk about someone or something that is unique.
  5. We use an with vowels: A, E, I, O, U

Complete the sentences with THE if necessary.

  1. Today on ________________ programme, we’re talking about _______________ sports.
  2. I’m going to ____________ store to buy some food.
  3. In my house ________________dinner isn’t an important meal.
  4. Adults can’t always arrive on time because of __________ traffic.
  5. I don’t like ____________ food at my workplace.
  6. In _____________ movies, they often show ____________ movies in  — rather than Thai movies.

Find and correct a mistake with articles in each sentence.

  1. I’m a vegetarian.  I never eat the meat.
  2. My mom is the doctor in a big hospital.
  3. Could you please give me pencil?
  4. I had a dog but a dog disappeared last month.
  5. I go to The Chulalongkorn University.
  6. She’s got a brother and the sister.
  7. What is time?


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