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Understand Definite and Indefinite Articles

In this worksheet, students practise identifying definite and indefinite articles in sentences.

'Understand Definite and Indefinite Articles' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

Different parts of sentences have different names, such as nouns, verbs and prepositions.

 

The words the, a and an are called articles. (This may seem confusing, as an article is usually something we read in a newspaper or magazine!). They are used with nouns.

the cat

a cow

an elephant

 

The word the is called a definite article. We use it when we are referring to a particular noun.

Carrie gave the dog its dinner. (Carrie gave the dinner to one particular dog.)

The words a and an are called indefinite articles. We use them when we are not referring to a particular noun.

Carrie would like to have a dog of her own. (Carrie would like any dog, not one particular one.)

 

We use an if the noun begins with a vowel sound.

an apple

an hour (The 'h' is silent so we need an.)

 

In this activity, you can practise identifying definite and indefinite articles in sentences.

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