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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

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

Jamie ate a banana for his snack at playtime.

Jamie

ate

a

banana

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

Please can you tell me the time?

 

can

tell

the

time

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

An octopus has eight tentacles.

an

octopus

eight

tentacles

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

Have you fed the cat yet?

definite article

indefinite article

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

My grandad wants to go up in an air balloon on his seventieth birthday.

definite article

indefinite article

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

I need a new battery for my calculator.

definite article

indefinite article

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

I need a plumber to fix my boiler.

definite article

indefinite article

Write out the following sentence again, putting in a definite article.

 

We ate all _____ fudge last night.

Write out the following sentence again, putting in an indefinite article.

 

We saw _____ elephant spraying water at the zoo.

Write out the following sentence again, putting in an indefinite article.

 

Josh is _____ honest boy so he owned up.

  • Question 1

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

Jamie ate a banana for his snack at playtime.

CORRECT ANSWER
a
EDDIE SAYS
Good for you Jamie, this is a great healthy choice! The article was 'a'.
  • Question 2

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

Please can you tell me the time?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
the
EDDIE SAYS
The article was 'the'. They didn't ask for 'a' time, they wanted to know 'the' specific time.
  • Question 3

Identify the article in this sentence.

 

An octopus has eight tentacles.

CORRECT ANSWER
an
EDDIE SAYS
Did you notice that the word octopus starts with a vowel? This is why we say 'an' rather than 'a'.
  • Question 4

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

Have you fed the cat yet?

CORRECT ANSWER
definite article
EDDIE SAYS
The is a definite article, they are talking about one particular cat!
  • Question 5

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

My grandad wants to go up in an air balloon on his seventieth birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
indefinite article
EDDIE SAYS
Grandad would like 'an' air balloon ride, he doesn't mind which particular one he goes in.
  • Question 6

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

I need a new battery for my calculator.

CORRECT ANSWER
indefinite article
EDDIE SAYS
This is an indefinite article, 'a' new battery can be found in any shop, we are not talking about a specific one.
  • Question 7

Decide whether the underlined article in the sentence is a definite article or an indefinite article.

 

I need a plumber to fix my boiler.

CORRECT ANSWER
indefinite article
EDDIE SAYS
This is an indefinite article. If we knew a specific plumber the sentence might say 'the plumber' or use his or her name instead.
  • Question 8

Write out the following sentence again, putting in a definite article.

 

We ate all _____ fudge last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
We ate all the fudge last night.
EDDIE SAYS
Now that does look delicious, I can understand why there would be none left!
  • Question 9

Write out the following sentence again, putting in an indefinite article.

 

We saw _____ elephant spraying water at the zoo.

CORRECT ANSWER
We saw an elephant spraying water at the zoo.
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'elephant' starts with a vowel sound so you need to use 'an'.
  • Question 10

Write out the following sentence again, putting in an indefinite article.

 

Josh is _____ honest boy so he owned up.

CORRECT ANSWER
Josh is an honest boy so he owned up.
EDDIE SAYS
Although 'h' is a consonant not a vowel, it is silent in this word, so you need 'an'.
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