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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #23075: Determiners
* A : indefinite used before a singular and noun beginning with a consonant.
A boy, a country, a man.
* An : indefinite and used before singular beginning with a vowel.
An elephant, an artist, an opinion.
* The : definite used before singular and plural nouns.
The man, the capital, the modals.
1-We use the article before a common noun in the singular
The boy (singular)----- The boys (plural).
2-We don't use the article, before a proper noun
A city : Atlanta.
A country : England
A person : Betty.
But we say :
The United States, The Himalaya.
3- We don't use the article before abstract nouns or nouns expressing a generality.
* Countable nouns:
1- Small quantity: some, a little.
2- Large quantity: a lot of, a great deal of, much.
3- Small number: some, a few.
4- Big number: many, a lot of.
* Uncountable nouns:
1- Liquids: water,oil...
2- Mass nouns
3- Feelings: courage, passion, love, hate.
Number(Countable) Quantity (Uncountable) Large or Big - a lot of - many -a lot of - a great deal of - much Small - a few - some - a little -some
- a lot of
-a lot of
- a great deal of
- a few
- a little
Complete the sentences with the right word, or - (nothing).
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