Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate
Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced
Making a violin requires more than technical knowledge. (unspecific – any one)
We gave a violin to the music school. (specific)
A comet appears to have a tail as it streaks through the sky.(unspecific)
A comet was seen in the western sky last night. (specific)
This is a global business. /ˈg/
This is an electronic business. /ɪ/
The company has an NIH grant. /ˈɛn/
The director has a university e-mail address./ˌyu/
The director has an unlisted e-mail address. /ʌn/
Beginning– Intermediate ESL
Dogs are descended from wolves. (all)
The dog is descended from the wolf. (the class)
The dogs are mine. (definite ones)
Salami is very salty. (in general)
The salami I just tasted is very salty. (this one)
Crackers are salty. (in general)
The crackers you bought are salty. (these ones)
The lion sleeps much of the day. (indefinite– all in general)
A lion sleeps much of the day. (any one as an example)
This is a puzzle piece. The piece fits into a puzzle.
(first mention) (second mention)
This is a puzzle. The pieces are inside the box.
(first mention) — (an expected part of an already mentioned item)
The part on top is here. (identified by modifier)
The part that I am holding is a corner. (ident. by clause)
The part you see is a corner. (ident. by clause)
Hand me the piece. (ident. by both see or know it)
Hand me the last piece. (ident. by being unique, the only one)
The blind need accessible walkways.
The English were proud of their team.
Do you want a large or small coffee. I'll have the large.
The latter will be much better. In fact, it's the best.
He is an Englishman. (unspecific)
He is English. (adjective of nationality)
The English are northern people. (specific nationality)
The Golden Gate Bridge is a beautiful landmark. (specific)
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I live on the Peninsula.
I live in the coastal hills.
She lives in Bolivia. (no article)
He is from the Kingdom of Tonga. (kind of union)
I live in the United States of America.
He lives in the Netherlands. (plural)
He lives in The Gambia. (exception–capital)
He is the most convincing actor of all.
He is the least likable character in the film.
It was the saddest movie ever.
Beginning– Intermediate ESL
She ate one. (a cookie)
Then she ate another. (one more)
Then she ate the others. (the rest of the group)
She ate other cookies. (not these)
Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speakers
Most students ask questions.
Most of the students in my English class ask questions.
A number of the students ask questions.
The number of the students who ask questions is low.
The kids who are starting college this fall across nation were born in 1994.
They do not remember .....
"Chez Panisse Café " is a less-expensive alternative to Alice Waters' restaurant "Chez Panisse".
The more we saw, the less we could believe.
The bigger, the better.
The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
(The more important or powerful a person is, the more difficult it is for him/her when losing power or importance.)