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Exercises | Pronunciation of Definite and Indefinite Articles

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Based on the the lesson about the pronunciation of the articles in English, complete the exercise below assess what you learned.

Practice 1

Instructions. For each phrase below, click how the definite article “the” is normally pronounced (/ðə/ or /ði/). When you click the button, you will see the answer. To close the answer, click anywhere on the page.

1. the university

Correct!

Great job!

Incorrect!

You need to say /ðə/ because U in “university” has a Y-sound, which is a consonant sound.

2. the tall building

Correct!

The T-sound is a consonant sound.

Incorrect!

The word “tall” starts with a T-sound, which is a consonant. You should say /ðə/.

3. the excellent student

Incorrect!

“Excellent” starts with a vowel sound. You normally say /ði/ before a vowel sound.

Correct!

You're excellent!

4. the hotel

Correct!

“Hotel” starts with a consonant H-sound.

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ because “hotel” starts with a consonant H-sound.

5. the old house

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ here because first sound in “old” is a vowel sound.

Correct!

Awesome!

6. the urgent email

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ before “urgent” because it starts with a vowel sound.

Correct!

You’re doing great!

7. the woman

Correct!

This is great! Keep it up.

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ here because “woman” starts with a W, which is a consonant sound.

8. the English lesson

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ before a word that starts with a vowel. “English” starts with a vowel.

Correct!

You got it! “English” starts with a vowel sound.

9. the office

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ here because “office” starts with a vowel sound.

Correct!

You’re awesome!

10. the uniform

Correct!

You got it! “Uniform” starts with a Y-sound, which is a consonant sound.

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ here because “uniform” has a Y-sound, which is a consonant sound.

11. the hot soup

Correct!

Good job!

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ before and consonant sound like H.

12. the writer

Correct!

You’re correct again! W is a consonant sound.

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ before “writer” because it starts with the consonant sound /w/.

13. the arm

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ before a vowel sound. “Arm” starts with a vowel sound.

Correct!

You’re doing a great job!

14. the eyes

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ before a word that starts with a vowel sound like “eyes.”

Correct!

You’re doing great work here!

15. the honor is all mine

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/. You do not pronounce the H in “honor,” so it starts with a vowel sound.

Correct!

All right! This was a difficult one, but you got it. The H in “honor” is silent, so it actually starts with an O-sound when you pronounce it.

16. the writer

Correct!

That’s right! “Writer” starts with a consonant sound, W.

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ because “writer” starts with a W-sound, and that’s a consonant sound.

17. the M&M company

Incorrect!

That was a little difficult. The first sound in “M&M” is /'ɛm/, which is a vowel sound. You need to say /ði/ before a vowel sound.

Correct!

Whoa! This was a difficult one, but you got it right! The first sound in “M&M” is /'ɛm/, which is a vowel sound.

18. the language textbook

Correct!

You’re great!

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ before an L-sound because it is a consonant sound.

19. the German language

Correct!

Schön! Du hast es wieder mal geschafft!

Incorrect!

You should say /ðə/ because the first sound in “German” is a consonant sound.

20. the October weather

Incorrect!

You should say /ði/ before a word that start with a vowel sound like the O in “October.”

Correct!

Well, you are really good at this, aren’t you?

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