Articles

ZERO ARTICLE

  • go to + zero article: go to school, go to work, go to bed, go to sleep
  • AT + place: at work, at school, at sb´s place, at college, at university
  • AT + time: at times, at his age, at Christmas, at night
  • IN + city/town (specific): in London
  • in cash, in blue pen
  • ON + day: on Monday
  • on business
  • on TV
  • retired, homeless, unemployed BUT a retired man, a homeless person
  • play + sport: play football, play basketball
  • country (one word): Slovakia, England, Italy, Spain
  • single island: Cyprus
  • young/old/poor/rich/elderly/retired/unemployed people
  • continents: Europe, Africa, Asia
  • school subjects: English, Math, Geography
  • have breakfast, have lunch, have dinner

INDEFINITE ARTICLE

  • go for + a: go for a walk, go for a run, go for a jog, go for a stroll
  • occupation: a teacher, a plumber, a student, a dentist
  • on a diet
  • IN + city/town/village (general): in a village
  • in a house/in a flat: I live in a flat.
  • in an office: I work in an office.
  • an appointment, a decision: to make an appointment, to make a decision
  • a pair of something: a pair of jeans, a pair of socks, a pair of sunglasses
  • a capital city (general): Bratislava is a capital city
  • have a shower, have a bath, take a shower, take a bath

DEFINITE ARTICLE

  • go to + the: go to the gym, go to the theatre, go to the cinema
  • at the bottom, at the train station, at the airport
  • in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening
  • in the mountains, in the sky, in the country (countryside!)
  • in the garden, in the kitchen, in the living-room
  • in the world, in the universe
  • in the town/city/village where I live (specific)
  • on the first/second/third floor, on the left, on the right
  • on the radio
  • play + the + musical instrument: play the violin, play the drums
  • something + kingdom, republic, states, emirates (country): the Slovak Republic, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Arab Emirates
  • country (plural): the Netherlands
  • group of islands: the British Isles, the Bahamas, the Hebrides
  • in the center of something, in the city center
  • the capital city of something: Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia (specific)
  • a group of people: the young, the old, the poor, the rich, the unemployed, the elderly
  • river (specific): the river Thames, the river Danube
  • mountain ranges: the High Tatras, the Alps, the Apennines, the Rocky Mountains
  • + language: the English language, the German language, the Slovak language