Improve your English! Articles.

May 17, 2012



Hi guys! Today we're going to look at some rules with the/a.

I'll give you the rules then soon I'll give you a quiz which you can take.

Let's see how you do.

1. Geographical things

No the with:

countries, except republics, kingdoms and plurals (like the U.S.A)

continents

islands

mountains

lakes

towns, cities, e.t.c.

the with:

oceans

rivers

deserts

mountain ranges

groups of islands

waterfalls

Remember:the north of Brazil but northern brazil

2. Names of places

No the with:

streets, roads, avenues, e.t.c.

squares, parks,

universities, airports, cathedrals, castles, palaces, but The Royal Palace

the with:

hotels, restaurants, pubs,

theatres, cinemas,

museums, art galleries,

many other famous buildings e.g.- The Eiffel Tower

The Taj Mahal

But when the building is named after somebody and has –s or –s’: Lloyds’ banks

Andrew’s restaurant

3. nouns+ numbers don’t need the e.g. page 26

street 34



4. Always the same.

5. Always the internet.

6. On the radio, but on television.   the television = the television set

7. the (or another determiner like my, that, e.t.c.) before superlatives e.g. the biggest

8. the (or another determiner) before ordinal numbers e.g. the first

the twenty-first

9. No a/the before meals except when there is an adjective

e.g.-  I’m having breakfast. I had a fantastic breakfast.

10. Organizations often have the e.g. the BBC, the world bank

But brand names or businesses don’t have the e.g. IBM

Microsoft

Ok, guys. The quiz will follow.

See you soon, and good luck with your English.

Click here to enrol in English courses in London.


Tags:
Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List


Tag List

Historic moment (1)
Learn english online (12)
Where to visit London (3)
Cycling (1)
London Marathon (1)
Learning tips (10)
english courses london (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
Somewhere to go London (3)
the shard (1)
IELTS (2)
ICE (5)
Victoria park (1)
New language (7)
the people's tower (1)
future tenses english (1)
ILEC (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
London (5)
past modals (1)
Attractions in London (1)
English grammar (4)
Shopping in London (4)
study english onlline (1)
pronuciation (3)
defining relative clauses (1)
Things to see in London (4)
Christmas in London (3)
spelling (1)
Peaceful London (2)
Insider info London (14)
english grammar help (1)
saga (1)
english review (1)
Social programme (1)
grammar (1)
english grammar tips (1)
making predictions (1)
study english (1)
narrative voice (2)
Winter in London (6)
English (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
Things to do in London (6)
efl (4)
Vocabulary (11)
past modal verbs (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
silent disco (1)
english school online (1)
Tweed (1)
Idiom (3)
FCE (4)
writing a mini saga (1)
English vocabulary (3)
New vocabulary (4)
Beautiful London (8)
Journalism classes London (1)
music festivals uk (1)
reading tips (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
things to do london (1)
Reading in English (1)
exams (1)
Students (2)
London Summer (7)
Polite questions (1)
grammar tips (1)
london events (1)
Covent Garden (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Business English (1)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
student study tips (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
London markets (4)
CAE (3)
future tenses efl (1)
music festival London (1)
Recording vocabulary (3)
english school london (12)
Learn English (15)
english course london (12)
Adjective (2)
Journalism evening course London (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
Events in London (1)
Field day (1)
Free english lessons (10)
Tourist tips (5)
English food (3)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Halloween (2)
New blog (1)
Hello from Ally (1)
Fun (1)
Listening in English (2)
Relaxing London (4)
english school (2)
writing a mini-saga (1)
English tips (4)
study tips (9)
Journalist Course London (1)
english study tips (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
free english grammar (2)
mini-saga (1)
Barney Ronay (1)
english grammar online (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Francais (2)

Tag Cloud

London MarathonAdjectivePlaces to see in LondonLondon marketsJournalism evening course LondonWhere to visit Londonenglish school londonSomewhere to go LondonEnglishsagaBasic English mistakesTourist tipsEnglish grammarInsider info Londonpast modal verbsField dayIELTSThings to see in Londonthe people's towerListening in Englishmaking predictionsenglish school onlineEvents in LondonLondonHello from AllyVocabularywriting a mini-sagaLearn EnglishBarney RonayEnglish tipsexamslondon eventsPeaceful LondonJournalism classes LondonBusiness EnglishCambridge Exam PreparationCool as a cucumberReading in EnglishCyclingenglish study tipsspellingJournalism Course LondonHistoric momentICEwriting a mini sagafuture tenses eflVictoria parkdefining relative clausesSomewhere to visit Londonfree english grammarImprove your vocabularyLondon Summerpast modalsgrammar tipsstudy tipsChristmas in Londonenglish as a foreign languagegrammarTweedLearning tipsstudy englishCovent GardenNew blogEnglish vocabularyNew vocabularyFCENew languagenarrative voiceSport Journalism Coursethings to do londonSomewhere to visitthe shardmusic festivals ukStudentspronuciationSocial programmereading tipsenglish grammar onlineenglish reviewmusic festival LondonBeautiful LondonShopping in Londonstudy english onllineVocabulary notebookAttractions in LondonWorld Naked Bike RideWinter in LondonFrancaisenglish course londonJournalism Masterclassstudent study tipseflPolite questionsILECIdiomenglish grammar tipsIslington Centre for EnglishHalloweenenglish courses londonenglish schoolLearn english onlineJournalist Course LondonEnglish foodfuture tenses englishRelaxing LondonCAERecording vocabularymini-sagaenglish grammar helpThings to do in LondonFunsilent discoFree english lessons


Archive