Words like “a”, “an” and “the” are called articles in English. They can be very difficult for some students.

If you’re from a country that speaks Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Korean or Japanese (for example), articles are difficult. Why? Because there are no articles in these languages.

Languages like Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or French have articles. So, students speaking these languages find it easy to use articles in English.

Today, we will use articles to talk about a popular subject: computers and information technology (IT)..

Let’s start with a quick question. Find it on our Facebook page.

Did you guess the correct answer?

ANSWER:
I have a problem with my iPhone.
The iPhone is big and it stores lots of information.
But it’s not an easy phone to use!

If you got the answer, then maybe you know articles! Why not study them being used by a real English speaker in our advanced IT-related listening quiz?

If you’d still like some help, then continue here!

EXERCISE

We will look at 9 sentences. In each sentence, there are no articles. You should decide where articles (“a”, “an”, “the”) should go. Type the word into the space.
Be careful! Sometimes, you shouldn’t use an article at all! Don’t type any words into these spaces.
When you finish the question, we’ll tell you if you’re correct, and we’ll teach you a little bit about articles.

We will look at 9 sentences. In each sentence, there are no articles. You should decide where articles (“a”, “an”, “the”) should go. Type the word into the space.
Be careful! Sometimes, you shouldn’t use an article at all! Don’t type any words into these spaces.
When you finish the question, we’ll tell you if you’re correct, and we’ll teach you a little bit about articles.