ARTICLES. EXERCISES

Exercise 1. Insert articles where necessary. (Articles with countable concrete nouns)

1. Not ____word was spoken in ____ parlour. (Caldwell) 2. ____ room itself was filling up, so was ____ staircase. (Snow) 3. I think that ____ man’s life is worth saving, whoever it belongs to. (Shaw) 4. Though ____ earth was cold and wet, ____ sky was clear and ____ sun rose bright and beautiful. (Dickens) 5. He made them provide not one car, but half ____ dozen. (Snow) 6. ____compass was inven­ted in ancient China. 7. Not ____ word was spoken, not ____ sound was made. (Dickens) 8. ____ sky outside ____ window was already dark, ____ secretaries had gone home, all was quiet. (Snow) 9. Ed­ward remained ____ week at ____ cottage. (Austen) 10. I tell you, he’s as brave as ____ man can reasonably be. (Snow) 11. After that they would meet, perhaps, two or three times ____ year. (Galsworthy) 12. Dinny looked up at ____ house; and suddenly saw ____ face in ____ window of ____ dining-room. (Galsworthy) 13. ‘It is not ____ large house,’ I said. ‘We don't want ____ large house.’ (Jerome K. Jerome) 14. He looks older than he is, as ____ dark men often do. (Dickens) 15. Roger looked at him and, without ____word, took out his wallet and gave him ____ ten-shilling note. (Snow) 16. As ____ man sows, so shall he reap. 17. This morn­ing ____ tobacconist was at his door. (Bennett) 18. It was Sunday afternoon, and ____ sun, which had been shining now for several hours, was beginning to warm ____earth. (Murdoch) 19. I have ____ long story to tell you. Come and sit down on ____ sofa and let us have ____comfortable chat. (Marryat) 20. ____ arm in ____ arm, they walked toward home. (I. Shaw) 21. It was ____cottage built like ____mansion, having ____central hall with ____ wooden gallery running round it, and ____rooms no bigger than ____ closets. (Hardy) 22. And what ____ beautiful moth there is over there on ____wall. (Murdoch) 23. She had ____key of her own. (Conan Doyle) 24. He was ____ short, plump man with ____ very white face and ____ very white hands. It was rumoured in London that he powdered them like ____ woman. (Greene) 25. ____ old couldn’t help ____ young... (Galsworthy) 26. To him she would always be ____ loveliest woman in ____ world. (Maugham)

27. Her aunt, in ____ straw hat so broad that it covered her to ____ very edges of her shoulders, was standing below with two gardeners behind her. (Galsworthy) 28. I am afraid I addressed ____ wrong person. (Collins) 29. They must have had very fair |notions of ____artistic and ____ beautiful. (Jerome K. Jerome). 30. ____rich think they can buy anything. (Snow) 31 ____ room has three doors; one on ____same side as ____ fireplace, near ____ corner, leading to ____ best bedroom. (Shaw) 32. Thank you, Stephen: I knew you would give me ____ right advice. (Shaw) 33. Sometimes visitors rang ____ wrong bell. (Bennett) 34. My family came hereabouts some generations back. I just wanted to have ____ look at ____ place and ask you ____ question or two. (Galsworthy) 35. ____ man, who entered was short and broad. He had ____ black hair, and was wearing ____ grey flannel trousers with ____red woolen shirt, open at ____neck, whose collar he carried outside ____lapels of his dark tweed jacket. (Clark) 36. Believe me, when ____ woman really makes up her mind to marry ____ man nothing on God’s earth can save him. (Maugham) 44. I stopped still uncertain of myself and whether I was saying ____ right thing. (Du Maurier) 45. I can tell ____ very moment I began to love him. (Galsworthy) 46. ____face to ____ face, he was as warm and easy-natured as he had ever been. (Snow)



Exercise 2. Insert articles where necessary. (Articles with uncountable abstract nouns)

1. We both appreciate ____ simplicity. (Du Maurier) 2. It is such ____ weary, weary work (Dickens) 3. I’ve reason to believe she [Fleur] has never properly got over ____feeling she used to have. (Galsworthy) 4. I had seldom heard my friend speak with such ____intensity of ____feeling. (Conan Doyle) 5. We had ____wonderful weather. (Du Maurier) 6. You must learn to face ____ life seriously, Stephen. (Show) 7. However, ____life of such striking monotony does not seem to depress him. (Durrell) 8. May you be happy in ____ life you have chosen! (Dickens) 9. She was panting now, and in her face was ____ terror, which was inexplicable. (Maugham) 10. His round blue eyes be­hind ____spectacles were ghastly with ____terror. (Maugham) 11. I think in some curious way ____horror which she felt for him was ____ transference of ____ horror which she felt for herself because he so strangely troubled her (Maugham). 12. She was brilliantly familiar with ____literature, ____ tongues, ____ art, ____ history, ____ physics, ____ metaphysics, ____ philosophy, and ____ politics (in which I include ____ modern politics). (Bennett) 13. It was ____ cold, bleak, biting weather. (Dickens) 14. ____weather was sunny and dry. (Hardy). 15. ____ modern science is ____ wonderful thing. (Shaw) 16. Their blue eyes became filled with ____ gaiety and ____ ferocity and ____ joy, and their mouths with ____ laugh­ter. (Murdoch) 17. Jon laughed, and ____ sound of ____ laugh was hard. (Galsworthy) 18. Then she gave ____ crisp, ironic, almost cheer­ful laugh... (Snow) 19. On that fine day ____ poverty of ____ dis­trict she was entering seemed to her country-nurtured eyes intensely cheerless. (Galsworthy) 20. ____ reason is ____ greatest discovery ever made by ____ man. Yet it is ____ most disregarded and least used. (Jones) 21. ...what I offer is ____security and ____respect. That doesn’t sound very exciting, but perhaps it's better than ____ pas­sion. (Greene) 22. And ____passion that held Strickland was ____ pas­sion to create ____ beauty. (Maugham) 23. She looked ____ incarna­tion of ____ supreme loveliness, ____ loveliness which was always revealing itself anew. (Bennett) 24. He longed for ____ comfort of his sister’s society. (Marryat) 25. He pines for ____ kindness. (E. Bronte) 26. She sighed for ____air, ____ liberty, ____quiet of ____ country. (Austen) 27. Miss Cherrell, I am going to do all I can to remove ____unpleasant impression you have of me. I am your very humble servant, and I hope some day to have ____ chance to be something else to you. (Galsworthy) 28. Then all four sat down and began to inspect Hunter and Calvin with ____ air of suspicion and curiosity. (Murdoch) 29. He spoke with ____ air of someone who has got over with an unpleasant duty and can now get on to ____brighter mat­ters. (Murdoch) 30. How quietly you live, John. I love ____ silence of this room, and garden. (Murdoch) 31. At other times he would come and sit for long periods in her room in ____ silence. (Murdoch)




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