Articles (the, a, an) - Answer Key

Intermediate Practice

  1. I always thought that ­­Ø America would have ­­a lot of Ø Caucasians.
  2. Ø Stress has a great impact on Ø students’ academic performance.
  3. A/The successful climber is a wise judge of Ø physical ability and a good decision maker.
    ("A" would refer to any climber, but no one climber in particular. "The" is a more formal option and would refer to a typical climber as representative of the whole class of climbers.)
  4. In addition, the media do not anticipate Ø/the dangers and Ø/the risks.
    ("Ø" would refer to general, unspecified danger and risks. "The" would refer to specific dangers and risks that have been identified from the context.)
  5. Actually, the issue has become a major problem among Ø Chinese students in Ø American colleges.
  6. The author describes how Ø Google will have a hard time to get into the automotive industry.
  7. How does an/the electric motor work in a hybrid car?
    ("An" would refer to a general motor, not one in particular. "The" would refer to a typical electric motor as representative of the whole class of electric motors. In the phrase “a hybrid car,” another possibility is using a possessive [my/our] or determiner [that].)

Advanced Practice

  1. This was my first time to read a long chapter about space lives.
  2. In the article, the author gave an example about Facebook.
  3. With their amazing charisma, the United Kingdom and France are the/Ø representative countries of Europe.
    ("The" would be used if the United Kingdom and France are the only two representative countries of Europe. No article [Ø] would imply that other representative countries of Europe exist besides these two.)
  4. Language is one of the most important factors that I will consider.
  5. The first reason why mobile phones are the most beneficial invention in the last 100 years is that mobile phones can strengthen people’s relationships.
  6. For example, the author mentioned that by 2080 only six cities will be able to hold the Winter Olympics because of global warming.
  7. I was amazed by what the majority of men expected women to be in the 1700s.