1. Complete the text with a, an, the or nothing (-), if no article is required.
Although 1 _____ British are more health-conscious than they used to be, many of them still like to eat 2 _____ bacon for breakfast once or twice 3 _____ week. But most are unaware that there is 4 _____ unusual custom surrounding bacon. 5 _____ custom is known to date back hundreds of years to 6 _____ 13th century or even earlier.
According to tradition, 7 _____ married couple could win a large piece of bacon if they could prove to a judge that they had not regretted their marriage or had 8 _____ argument for at least 9 _____ year and 10 _____ day. In one town, Dunmow, 11 _____ couple had to kneel on sharp stones and say 12 _____ special poem which ended with the lines: ‘For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.’ After 13 _____ poem, there was a noisy parade around town. Dunmow claims to be the only town in 14 _____ Britain which still continues 15 _____ tradition to this day.
1 the 2 – 3 a 4 an 5 The 6 The 7 a 8 an 9 a
10 a 11 a 12 a 13 the 14 – 15 the
2. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.
1 parents __________ went to university, but neither of them finished their degree.
a both b every c either
2 Nearly __________ of classmates are going to the end-of-term party.
a every b most c all
3 grandfather left £1,000 to __________ of his grandchildren.
a each b every c either
4 The best thing about this Indian restaurant is that __________ dish tastes different.
a another b all c every
5 We’ve hardly spent __________ time together this holiday.
a all b any c whole
1 a 2 c 3 a 4 c 5 b
3. Complete the sentences with few, a few, little or a little.
1 Your homework would be better if you spent __________ more time on it.
2 These days, there are so __________ opportunities to escape from technology.
3 I’ve invited Claudia to the party, but frankly there’s __________ chance she’ll come.
4 Anna is spending the weekend with __________ of her friends from school.
5 As the detective was leaving the room, he noticed __________ blook on the wall.
6 Soya beans contain a lot of protein and very __________ fat.
7 Many people start writing a novel, but __________ people actually finish.
8 grandmother spent __________ years in India when she was a child.
1 a little 2 few 3 little 4 a few 5 a little 6 little
7 few 8 a few
4. Add of to these sentences only when it is necessary in order to make the sentence correct.
1 I gave Christmas presents to all ____ friends.
2 Lions spend much ____ their time sleeping.
3 Both ____ his sisters went to this school.
4 Each ____ us understood how serious the situation was.
5 It was so hot that I spent the whole ____ night awake.
6 Are many ____ your friends going to university?
1 – 2 of 3 – 4 of 5 – 6 of
5. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. Use the words in brackets.
1 We didn’t see any polar bears in Alaska. (no)
We __________________ in Alaska.
2 There were very few people in the square. (any)
There __________________ in the square.
3 He gave each of the children a copy of his new book. (every)
He gave __________________ of his new book.
4 We couldn’t eat all of the cake – it was huge! (whole)
We couldn’t __________________ it was huge!
5 He spent most of his holiday in bed with sunstroke. (nearly)
He spent __________________ in bed with sunstroke.
1 saw no polar bears
2 were hardly any people
3 every child a copy
4 eat the whole cake
5 nearly all (of) his holiday/ nearly the whole of his holiday