Errors in the use of articles

May 11, 2012pdf

Correct the following sentences.

1. The Beijing is the capital of China.

2. I first met your Dad at the Walmart.

3. He has failed in the English.

4. She died of the malaria.

5. She is best singer I have heard.

6. Rose is sweetest of all flowers.

7. A man is mortal.

8. You are in a trouble.

9. You are making a rapid progress.

10. There is a vast scope for improvement.

11. Your words are not worth penny.

12. Don’t make noise.

Answers

1. Beijing is the capital of China.

2. I first met your Dad at Walmart.

3. He has failed in English.

4. She died of malaria.

5. She is the best singer I have heard.

6. The rose is the sweetest of all flowers.

7. Man is mortal.

8. You are in trouble.

9. You are making rapid progress.

10. There is vast scope for improvement.

11. Your words are not worth a penny.

12. Don’t make a noise.

Explanation

Questions 1 – 4

Proper nouns are the names of particular persons, countries, rivers etc. We do not use articles with proper nouns.

Question 5

We use the with superlative adjectives.

Question 6, 7

In generalizations we usually use singular countable nouns with the article the. The nouns man and woman are exceptions to this rule. They can be used in a general sense without articles.

Questions 8 – 12

Some uncountable nouns cannot be used with articles. Examples are: progress, trouble and scope. Some can be used with articles in some cases.

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