Tools for writing : a / an / the / —
When we start a piece of writing we begin with indefinite articles: a or an. a is usually found before words starting with vowels, and an is put before words starting with consonants. When the words is repeated twice or more we use the indefinite article, “the” is also used with definite words like “blackboard” in the classroom or “desk”.
A dog was barking behind our house. The dog saw children playing and jogging. The children were disturbing the dog. An old woman saw them, she shouted at them, but the children didn’t care. The dog becomes furious and nervous. Therefore the children made the woman angry.
As we see the use of a, an, the , and —- are used according to rules. These tools are of crucial importance for students in their writing.
Exercise : Put the correct article in its place
( ) students rarely respond to ( ) teacher’s questions in ( ) classroom. When ( ) student wants to speak, s/he just interferes without raising his hand. And whenever ( ) teacher writes ( ) sentence on ( ) blackboard, ( ) students check ( ) difficult words to explain. Some students use ( ) context to understand them.
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The woman worked for two weeks in this office, she didn’t get her wages yet. By the end of the month, she will receive about 2000 DH. She has 35 years old.