Articles:We use articles ('a' or 'an', 'the', and 'no article') in quite complicated ways in English. There are a few rules, but often (especially for proper nouns like the names of places or people) it's not very logical - sorry! Today, I'll talk about one situation where students often mistakes with English articles geographical names (like mountains, lakes, countries and seas). We usually use either 'the' or 'no article' when we talk about geographical names.
We use 'the' with:
We use 'the' with groups of islands BUT we use 'no article' with one island:
- She is on holiday in the Canary Islands (a group of islands)
- I went to Majorca (one island)
- We walked through the Alps (a mountain range)
- I climbed Mount Everest (one mountain)
We use 'no article' with most countries:
- They live in Poland
- the Philippines
- the Netherlands
- the United States
- the United Kingdom
- the Republic of Ireland
I've made two exercises especially for the readers of Kako da nikada ne nauci engleski.
- The first exercise talks about rivers, deserts, oceans, lakes, continents, regions and cities.
- The second exercise talks about islands, mountains and countries.