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Quizzes Created: 4 | Total Attempts: 62,945
Questions: 20 | Viewed: 60,804

1.

Alice drives ___ old car.

Answer: An
Explanation:
The correct answer is "an" because the word "old" starts with a vowel sound. When a noun starts with a vowel sound, we use "an" before it instead of "a" to make the sentence flow more smoothly. In this case, "an" is used before "old car" to indicate that Alice drives a car that is not new.
2.

My father is reading ___ newspaper.

Answer: The
Explanation:
The use of the definite article "the" before "newspaper" in the sentence "My father is reading ___ newspaper" is appropriate when referring to a specific newspaper that is already known to the speaker and listener. It implies that there is a particular newspaper being read, rather than any newspaper in general. If the intent was to express a non-specific or any newspaper, one would use "a" as in "My father is reading a newspaper." However, the phrasing of your query suggests that the definite article "the" fits best to complete the sentence.
3.

Kenji is studying ___ English.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
the correct choice is "a," the sentence "My father is reading a newspaper" implies that your father is reading any newspaper, without specifying a particular or specific one. The use of the indefinite article "a" indicates that it could be any newspaper, and the sentence doesn't require knowledge of a specific newspaper. So, "a" is used to refer to a non-specific item or thing when there is no need to specify which newspaper your father is reading.
4.

He lives in ___ Alaska.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
The correct answer is zero article because "Alaska" is a proper noun and does not require an article before it.
5.

Did you bring ___ umbrella that you borrowed from me?

Answer: The
Explanation:
The correct answer is "the" because the speaker is referring to a specific umbrella that was borrowed from them. The use of "the" indicates that both the speaker and the listener are aware of which umbrella is being referred to.
6.

James is ___ boss of the company.

Answer: The
Explanation:
The correct answer is "the" because it is used to refer to a specific boss. "The" is used when the noun is already known or has been mentioned before, and in this case, it refers to a specific boss of the company.
7.

What ___ language do you speak best?

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
The phrase "zero article" refers to the absence of any article (a, an, or the) before a noun. In this case, the question is asking about the language someone speaks best. Since the question is not referring to a specific language, but rather any language in general, it does not require an article. Therefore, the correct answer is "zero article."
8.

There's ___ apartment building on the corner.

Answer: An
Explanation:
The correct answer is "an" because the word "apartment" starts with a vowel sound (/ə/), and the indefinite article "an" is used before words that begin with a vowel sound.
9.

The young boy was not wearing ___ clothes.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
 In this sentence, the use of the zero article indicates that the young boy was not wearing any specific or particular clothes. The zero article is used when we are talking about things in a general or non-specific way. In this case, it suggests that the boy was not wearing any clothes at all.
10.

Let's buy ___ sugar.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
The use of the zero article indicates that we are referring to sugar in general, without specifying a particular type or amount. In this context, the speaker is suggesting the idea of buying sugar in a general sense, without any specific details.
11.

Do you like ___ apples?

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
In this question, the use of the zero article is correct. The zero article is used when referring to general or non-specific things. In this case, the question is asking about a general preference for apples, without specifying a particular type or quantity. Therefore, the correct answer is to leave out any article before "apples".
12.

Do you have ___ computer?

Answer: A
Explanation:
The correct answer is "a" because "computer" starts with a consonant sound, and the indefinite article "a" is used before words that begin with a consonant sound.
13.

It's ___ beautiful day.

Answer: A
Explanation:
The correct answer is "a" because when the noun following the article starts with a consonant sound, we use the indefinite article "a". In this case, the word "beautiful" starts with the consonant sound /b/, so we use "a" before it.
14.

He drank ___ cup of coffee while he read the newspaper.

Answer: AThe
Explanation:
The correct answer is "a, the." In this sentence, "a" is used to indicate that he drank one cup of coffee. “The” is also correct because it implies that he drank a specific cup of coffee, which could be true. Both options are grammatically correct in this context.
15.

I would like to buy ___ pair of gloves I saw at ___ mall yesterday.

Answer: The, the
Explanation:
The correct answer is "the, the" because the speaker is referring to a specific pair of gloves that they saw at a specific mall. The definite article "the" is used to indicate that both the gloves and the mall are known to the speaker and the listener.
16.

The players ate ___ lunch yesterday afternoon.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
The correct answer is zero article. In this sentence, the word "lunch" is a noncount, or uncountable noun, which means it cannot be counted or quantified. When uncountable nouns are used in a general sense, we do not use an article before them. Therefore, the correct sentence would be "The players ate lunch yesterday afternoon."
17.

Sam is ___ university student.

Answer: A
Explanation:
 The correct answer is "a" because "university" starts with a consonant sound. When a noun begins with a consonant sound, we use "a" before it. In this case, "university" starts with the "yew" sound, we use "a" before it.
18.

I have ___ money in the bank.

Answer: Zero article
Explanation:
The zero article is used when we are referring to something in a general sense. In this case, the speaker is referring to money in general that they have in the bank, rather than a specific amount or type of money. Therefore, the correct answer is the zero article.
19.

Are these ___ pair of shoes you wore to the prom?

Answer: The
Explanation:
The use of "the" in this sentence indicates that the speaker is referring to a specific pair of shoes. It suggests that the speaker and the listener both have knowledge or understanding of which pair of shoes is being referred to.
20.

Is there ___ big window in your kitchen?

Answer: A
Explanation:
The correct answer is "a" because it indicates that there is one big window in the kitchen. "The" would imply that there is a specific big window that the speaker is referring to, which may not be the case.
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