A, AN & The: Articles

Fill in the gaps in the following text with appropriate articles (a, an or the). Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.  

Level-Beginner

1. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

It was (a) ----- dark night. A blind man was walking along (b) ----- road with (c) ----- lamp in his hand. Two men laughed at (d) ----- blind man. One said, "What's (e) ----- use of (f) ----- lamp to a blind man?" The other called him (g) ----- fool. The blind man heard this and said, "It's for those who're (h) ----- careless." "What a surprise", said the others.


2. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once upon  (a) -----  time two friends were passing by  (b) ----- forest. They were talking about their love for each other. Suddenly  (c) ----- bear came there.  (d) ----- first friend climbed up a tree.  (e) ----- later could not climb up a tree. He did not find any way. He lay down on  (f) ----- ground and feigned death.  (g) ----- bear smelt his ears, nose and face. He thought him to be  (h) ----- dead. Then the bear went away.


3. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A crow was very thirsty and wanted to drink water. If flew from one place to another in search of water and at last found  (a) ----- jar in a garden. There was some water in  (b) ----- jar, but it was too low down and out of his reach.  (c) ----- crow tried to turn the jar over and over again but it had no effect. Then it decided to fly away in despair. As it was leaving the jar, it noticed  (d) ----- heap of pebbles nearby. It hit upon a plan then and took some  (e) ----- pebbles. Then it dropped  (f) ----- pebbles into the jar. As each pebble went down,  (g) ----- water in the jar rose up little by little. When the water came to  (h) ----- mouth of the jar crow drank it.


4. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A long time ago  (a) ----- town of Hamlin in Germany was faced with  (b) ----- great problem. It became full of rats. The people of the town came to  (c) ----- town hall. They said to  (d) ----- Mayor to do something about rats. The Mayor called a meeting of the councilors. The Mayor and the councilors talked about (e) ----- problem. But they could not find a way out. At that  (f) ----- moment there was a knock at  (g) ----- door. The Mayor said, “Come in”.(h) ----- stranger entered the hall.


5. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

There lived  (a) ----- farmer in a village. He had a few acres of  (b) ----- land. (c) ----- lands yielded him some crops. With that he supported his family with  (d) ----- difficulty. So, he always thought how he could add to his income. One day he was walking through  (e) ----- fields. While walking he came across (f) ----- purse of gold. He thought that it might have been dropped by  (g) -----  passer-by. However, he picked  (h) ----- bag up and carried it home. He showed it to his wife.


6. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once upon a time there was  (a) ----- honest and pious man. His name was Abu Ben Adhem. He was once sleeping peacefully. Suddenly he woke up and saw  (b) ----- angel. The angel was writing  (c) ----- names of persons who loved God. He asked the angel if his name was there. In reply the angel said that his name was not there. (d) ----- Abu then requested him to put his name in  (e) ----- list because he loved mankind and his fellow brothers. (f) ----- angel took down his request and went away. He again appeared  (g) ----- next night and showed Abu that his name was at  (h) ----- top of the list.


7. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A snake lived in a hole at  (a) ----- foot of a tree. High up on its branches was the nest of  (b) ----- crow. The crow had four young chicks in its nest. Whenever the crow would leave  (c) ----- nest to bring food for its chicks, the snake would climb up and eat one. In this way the snake ate up three of  (d) ----- chicks. The crow at last thought of a plan to get rid of its  (e) ----- enemy. It stole  (f) ----- expensive necklace of the princes from the royal palace and dropped it into the snake's hole after scattering a few rubies here and there. The king became very angry at  (g) ----- loss and sent out men to look for the necklace. In course of time, they noticed the scattered rubies near  (h) ----- hole. They dug the hole, killed the snake, and took the necklace.


8. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived (a) ----- beggar in (b) ----- city. He could not earn much by (c) ----- begging. So, he thought how he could add to his income. One day (d) ----- idea crossed his mind. He thought that he would have more money if he pretended to be dumb. So, one day he painted the word 'dumb' on (e) ----- board. He hung it round his neck. Another beggar also lived in (f) ----- city. He was very (g) ----- jealous of him. He wanted to teach him (h) ----- good lesson.


9. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once upon (a) ----- time there lived (b) ----- young man named Androcles. He was caught by (c) ----- slave merchant who sold him to (d) ----- rich man. His master was very bad and inflicted heavy torture on him. Androcles was very home-sick. One day he fled from his master's house and took shelter in (e) ----- cave. In (f) ----- evening a lion entered (g) ----- cave. The lion seemed wounded as it was groaning. It came near Androcles and lifted its paw. He took the lions paw in his hand and removed (h) ----- big thorn from it. The lion was relived from its pain.


10. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A dishonest man lived in (a) ----- village. He used to do mischief to (b) ----- villagers. For these evil deeds, he blamed (c) ----- God. One day one of his neighbours saw him stealing mangoes from his garden. When (d) ----- dishonest man was asked to tell the cause of his stealing the  mangoes,  he gave (e ) ----- same reply. Without saying ( f)   ----- anything the owner of the  garden took ( g)  -----  stick and waited for him. When the dishonest man came down from (h) -----  tree, the owner started beating him with a stick. Then the wicked man understood his fault. 


11. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once sheikh Saadi was going to Bagdad with (a) ----- group of rich merchants. He had (b) ----- bundle of books and some money with him. The merchants had their goods and (c) ----- lot of money. They travelled for twelve days without any trouble. On the thirteenth day (d) ----- gang of robbers attacked them. The robbers took away all (e) ----- goods and money from the merchants. Then(f) ----- leader of the robbers came to Saadi. He ordered Saadi to give all he had to him. Sheikh Saadi handed him (g) ----- bundle of books and also (h) ----- little money he had without any fear. Saadi then said, “I hope that you will make good use of these books.”


12.   Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there was (a) ----- man named Aesop in Greece. He was famous for his fables on moral lessons. He was (b) ----- slave in his early days but he was very religious minded. Once he was sold to (c) ----- farmer who was lazy. On (d) ----- first day Aesop found that his master did not say his (e) ----- morning prayer but slept till sunrise. He woke his master but he would not leave his bed. He asked Aesop to go to (f) ----- held to work for him. Aesop woke his master next day too. But (g) ----- master became very angry and gave him a bag of barley. He told him to go to the field and sow (h) ----- seeds.


13. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Long ago there lived (a) -----  very kind and generous man in (b) ----- Yemen. The name of that man was (c) ----- Hatem Tia. He was not rich but he was very hospitable. People praised him more than (d) ----- king. One day (e) ----- king gave a dinner. The guests praised the king. So (f) ----- king felt happy and proud. But the guests praised Hatem Tai also. This made the king angry. So (g) ----- king wanted to have him removed (h) ----- world.


14. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Taimur was one of (a) ----- greatest conquerors of (b) ----- world. Once he attacked the province of (c) ----- powerful prince. He entered (d) ----- kingdom of the prince and captured a large village. The village was situated far away from (e) ----- capital. The prince heard the news. He came with (f) ----- large army. His soldiers surrounded the village on (g) ----- all sides and a terrible battle took place. Taimur's soldiers were killed. Taimur disguised himself as (h) ----- poor traveller. Thus he saved his life.


15. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A student must take care of his (a) -----  health because (b) -----  sound mind lives in (c) -----  body. Good health is (d) -----  key to success. In order to enjoy good health, (e) -----  student observe (f) -----  rules of health. (g) -----  unhealthy man may be (h) -----  possessor of vast wealth but he leads an unhappy life.


16. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

One day I met (a) -----  lame man. After talking for a while, he showed me (b) -----  identity card. Seeing (c) -----  identity card I came to know that he was (d) -----  university student. After completing his (e) -----  study he joined (f) -----  army. During the Liberation War he fought (g) -----  bravely against (h) -----  occupied army of the then West Pakistan. But it is an irony of fate that a bullet of the enemies hit on his left leg. Thus, he lost his leg.


17. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Rahim has (a) -----   elder brother who is (b)  -----  engineer. He works in (c) -----   office in (d) -----  Dhaka. Last summer his brother  asked him to stay ( e)  -----   few days with him.  He  sent him (f) -----   air ticket. He arrived at the airport about (g) -----   hour before  the flight. He  entered the waiting (h) -----   room. He was given a  boarding card where he had to write his address. 


18. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived (a) -----  man in a village. He made caps with palm leaves and sold them in (b) -----  market to (c) -----  maintain his family. One day he was going to (d) -----  distant market. He had (e) -----  basket full of caps. He became tired. He saw (f) -----  big mango tree. He sat under (g) -----  tree and fell asleep. Then (h) -----  strange thing happened. The tree was full of monkeys.


19. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there was (a) -----  cowboy. He used to tell (b) -----  lies to make jokes. He used to shout by saying "Tiger! Tiger!".  (c) -----  villagers came to help him hearing his shouting. But they saw no tiger. So, they left (d) -----  boy angrily. Again, he shouted and (e) -----  villagers came and went away. One day (f) -----  tiger really came. (g) -----  boy shouted and (h) -----  no one came. The tiger killed the boy. So, the result of telling lies is dangerous.


20. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Moti is (a) -----  street boy. He is (b) ----- orphan. He lives in (c) -----  street of Dhaka city. One day he went to (d) -----  New Market. He saw (e) -----  fruit seller selling different kinds of fruits. There he found (f) -----  old man buying some apples. (g) -----  apples looked very fresh. His mouth watered at (h) -----  sight of the apples. He wished if he could have an apple. He thought for a while. Feeling pity for him the old man gave him an apple.


21. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) -----  school boy named (b) -----  Ahasanullah was going home after completing his class. When he was crossing the road, he saw (c) -----  old woman lying on the road. She was (d) -----  senseless and it was impossible for her to cross (e) -----  road. People come and pass but no one looks at her. The boy felt (f) -----  strong sense of sympathy for her. He rushed to (g) -----  lying helpless woman and somehow managed to rescue her from (h) -----  accident. The boy also helped her to go to her residence. Last but not the least, the woman prayed to the Almighty for his betterment.


22. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

(a) -----  beautiful garden surrounds the Tajmahal. (b) -----  green trees of (c) -----  garden make the Tajmahal's marble look even (d) -----  white. There is a long, narrow pool in (e) -----  front of (f) -----  main entrance to (g) -----  building. If you look at this pool, you can see all (h) -----  beauty of the Tajmahal in the reflection in water.


23. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Kamal is (a) ----- SSC examinee. He has been suffering from (b) ----- fever for about a week. He wants to see (c) ----- experienced doctor. He has heard much about (d) ----- reputation of Mr Shahin who is (e) ----- FRCS. He is one of (f) ----- best doctors in our country. He had his degree from (g) ----- UK. So, Kamal made (h) ----- appointment. On the appointed day, he reached the doctor's chamber.


24. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once upon (a) ----- time there was a king called Midas. He was extremely fond of gold. Although he had (b) ----- lot of it, he wanted more. "I wish I had the golden touch," he said to himself one day. "Then I'd be (c) ----- happiest man." (d) ----- wise god granted his wish promptly. Half (e) ----- hour later, as (f) ----- king was sitting under (g) ----- apple tree in his garden, suddenly (h) ----- ripe apple fell beside him. He picked it up. As he touched it, the apple turned into gold.


25. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

It was Monday in (a) ----- month of July. The sky was cloudy at (b) ----- night. It was drizzling since (c) ----- morning. I got up a bit late and looked out through (d) ----- window. My mother asked me to get ready for (e) ----- school. So, after breakfast I came to the road with my books in (f) ----- bag and opened my (g) ----- umbrella over the head. I did not find any rickshaw. I went on (h) ----- foot. No sooner had I gone half of way than it began to rain in torrents. I got drenched and took shelter in a roadside shop.


26. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

(a) ----- ant is (b) ----- industrious insect. No other insect is as industrious as (c) ----- ant. If we open (d) ----- pages of history, we shall see that (e) ----- men who have become great were (f) ----- industrious. (g) ----- industrious are liked by all. On (h) ----- other hand, the idle are hated by all. So, industry is a must to prosper in life.


27. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once a rabbit and a tortoise took part in (a) ----- race. The rabbit could run fast but (b) ----- tortoise was slow. They started running. The rabbit passed (c) ----- long way in a short time but (d) ----- other remained behind. After (e) ----- while the rabbit saw that the tortoise was far behind him and he could take rest for a while. So, it slept under (f) ----- tree. After sleeping for some time (g) ----- first one found the second one still far behind. So, it again slept. When it woke up it was (h) ----- afternoon. It became very worried and began to run fast again. But when it reached its destination, it became surprised that the other had reached there long before.


28.   Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 at Stratford-on-Avon in England. He received (a) ----- sound basic education. But he never attended any (b) ----- college. Shakespeare was married at eighteen to (c) ----- woman of twenty-one. (d) ----- few years later, he went to London. There he became (e) ----- actor and (f) ----- playwright. He had three children before he was twenty-one. During (g) ----- next ten years, he composed his greatest plays. By this time, he was thirty. He had become prosperous before he reached (h) ----- age of thirty-four.


29. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Long, long ago there lived (a) ----- fisherman in a village. He could barely support his wife and three children. Every day he used to go fishing early in (b) ----- morning. But he never threw his net into (c) ----- sea more than four times. One morning he threw his net into the sea as usual. He thought he had caught (d) ----- large fish and so he felt very happy. But (e) ----- moment later he saw that there no fish, rather only (f) ----- dead donkey. He was very disappointed. Then (g) ----- fisherman became angry. He had just repaired his net and he noticed that (h) ----- weight of the dead donkey had broken it in several places.


30. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) ----- dog was eating (b) ----- bony piece of meat under (c) ----- tree. A crow saw him and wished to eat that. It flew away and after some time returned with (d) ----- another crow. Both (e) ----- crows went near the dog. One of them started packing the dog’s tail. (f) ----- dog not only felt disturbed but also became angry. (g) ----- dog dropped (h) ----- bone and barked at the crow. In the meantime, the other crow flew away with the bone. The dog ran after the crow but in vain. Thus, they made him sad and helpless.


16. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived (a) ----- Sultan in (b) ----- country. He wanted to appoint (c) ----- honest man as his tax collector. Then he invited applications. A number of people applied for (d) ----- job. So, he asked for (e) ----- wise counselor’s advice. The applicants were asked to meet the Sultan one by one. They came through a passage where (f) ----- gold coins were kept. When they all arrived (g) ----- Sultan asked them to dance. All (h) ----- applicants blushed and refused except one. Then he found the desired man.


31. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Robert Bruce was (a) ----- king of Scotland. He reigned over (b) ----- country well and his subjects were happy under his rule. (c) ----- greedy king of England attacked Scotland to grab his territory. He tried his best to uphold (d) ----- independence but fortune did not smile upon him. After repeated defeats, he has to take shelter in a lonely cave. There he saw (e) ----- spider trying to reach the ceiling with the help of its silken thread to complete the cobweb. (f) ----- spider tried again and again to go up but dropped down cave. Bruce observed that the spider came out successful in is twentieth attempt. He saw a ray of hope from the struggle and thought that if (g) ----- spider did not accept defeat, why should he? Filled with new hope he brought together his scattered forces and finally succeeded in defeating his (h) ----- enemies.


32. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

It relates to (a) -----  incident of Hazrad Abdul Quader Jilani’s childhood. He had to go to Baghdad to receive education. Baghdad was very far from his (b) -----  house. Then travelling was not easy. At the time of departure his mother said to him, “Never tell (c) -----  lie.” He was going to Baghdad accompanied by (d) -----  few merchants. A band of robbers fell upon then on the way. The chief of (e) -----  robbers asked Abdul Quader, “What have you got with you?”(f) -----  boy replied fearlessly, “I have got twenty gold coins?” He did not tell (g) -----  lie even in (h) -----  danger.


33. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

One day Meena and her parrot Mithu, climbed (a) ----- tall tree to pick (b) ----- mango. She picked (c) ----- mango and took it to her mother. Although Meena had picked the mango, her mother gave the larger share of the fruit to Raju. Meena felt very disappointed. At dinner Meena noticed that Raju as usual had got (d) ----- egg but she did not. Mithu was not pleased to see that. Mother wanted to see if (e) ----- children had washed their hands before they started eating. While they were outside washing their hands, Mithu divided (f) ----- egg into two and put half of on (g) ----- Meena’s plate. Coming back, Raju was upset to see that half of the egg had gone. Grandma thought that Raju as (h) ----- boy child needed more food.


34. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there was (a) ----- man named Aesop in Greece. He was (b) ----- slave in his early days but he was very religious minded. He was famous for his fables on moral lessons. Once he was sold to (c) ----- farmer who was lazy. On (d) ----- first day Aesop found that his(e) ----- master did not say his morning prayer but slept till sunrise. He woke up his master but he would not leave his bed. He asked Aesop to go to (f) ----- field to work for him. Aesop woke his master next day too. But (g) ----- master became very angry and gave him a bag barley. He told him to go to (h) ----- field and sow the seeds.


35. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived (a) ----- cowboy in a village near (b) ----- deep forest. He used to tell lies to make fun. One day (c) ----- boy cried out, “Tiger! Tiger! Help! Help!” The villagers rushed to help him but found no (d) ----- tiger. The villagers became angry and went away. Some days later, the boy made the same fun and the villagers became deceived again. One day (e) ----- tiger really came. (f) ----- boy cried for help but nobody came. At last, the tiger killed all the cows. (g) ----- boy saved his life running away from (h) ----- spot.


36. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived a farmer who had three sons. They always quarreled with each other. Their parents told them to stop but they didn’t listen to their advice. One day (a) ----- farmer told his sons to bring five sticks and (b) ----- rope. He made (c) ----- bundle of (d) ----- sticks and told his sons to break it. They tried and tried but failed. At last, he untied (e) ----- sticks and gave one stick each. Now they could easily break (f) ----- sticks. Then the farmer said, “If you remain united like (g) ----- sticks, you will be very strong and none can harm you”.  After that the sons stopped (h) ----- quarrelling.


37. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once, (a) ----- hare and a tortoise competed in (b) ----- race. The peacock was (c) ----- judge. The hare ran very fast and went a long way in a moment.  He looked back but could not see the tortoise. So, he sat to take rest under (d) ----- tree and soon slept off. When he woke up, it was (e) ----- evening. So, he felt worried and began to run fast. But when he reached the goal, (f) ----- tortoise had already crossed (g) ----- finishing line. The tortoise walked slowly and steadily. So, he won (h) ----- race.


38. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once two rats found (a) ----- piece of bread. They could not agree on how to divide the bread because each rat wanted the larger share than the other. At last, they went to (b) ----- Mr. Monkey for help. Mr. Monkey said that they should solve their own problem. But the rats persisted him to divide (c) ----- bread. So, Mr. Monkey broke (d) ----- bread into two halves and put them on his scales. One part became larger and he took (e) ----- bite from that part. Now (f) ----- other part became larger and he took another bite from that part. Only (g) ----- little piece was left and now the rats agreed to divide it themselves. But (h) ----- monkey said that he would get it as fee for his work.


39. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

A man decided to rob (a) ----- bank in the town where he lived. He walked into (b) ----- bank and handed (c) ----- note to one of (d) ----- cashiers. (e) ----- cashier read (f) ----- note, which told her to give (g) ----- man some money. Afraid that he might have (h) ----- gun, she did as she was told. (i)  ----- man then walked out of (j) ----- building, leaving (k) ----- note behind. However, he had no time to spend (l) ----- money because he was arrested (m) ----- same day. He had made (n) ----- mistake. He had written (o) ----- note on (p) ----- back of (q) ----- envelope. And on (r)  ----- other side of (s) ----- envelope was his name and address. This clue was quite enough for (t) ----- detectives on the case.

Level- Advanced

40. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) ----- farmer had (b) ----- wonderful goose. She used to lay (c) ----- golden egg every day. He sold it in (d) ----- market and got much money. Little by little he grew rich. But (e) ----- farmer was very greedy and wanted to get all (f) ----- eggs at (g) ----- time. So, one day he decided to cut (h) ----- goose. His wife forbade him to do it but he did not listen to her. He grabbed (i) ----- goose and cut her belly. But alas! There was no egg in (j) ----- belly. He became very worried and began to cry in fear.


41. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

One day when (a) ----- wood cutter was cutting wood his axe fell into (b) ----- river. He made (c) ----- good search but his efforts were in vain. Finally, he burst into tears. Angel appeared before him with (d) -----  golden axe. But (e) -----  wood cutter did not accept it. (f) ----- Angel disappeared and soon returned with (g) ----- silver axe. (h) ----- wood cutter again said that it was not his axe. The Angel once again dived into the river and came up with (i) ----- wood-cutter’s axe. The poor man now said that it was his axe and thanked the Angel. She gave him all (j) ----- axes for his truthful nature.


42. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) ----- farmer, who was old and weak, had two sons. They were very strong and healthy but lazy. They didn’t do any work. One day (b) ----- farmer called his sons to his bed and said that there were hidden treasures in his fields. Saying this, the farmer died. (c) ----- sons were very greedy and dug (d) ----- field again and again. But they found no hidden treasures. At last, they sowed seeds in (e) ----- fields. After two months they got golden crops. Now they became very happy and thanked their father.


43. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) ----- cap-seller was going to (b) ----- distant market. On (c) ----- way, he sat under (d) ----- big tree and slept off. There were many monkeys on (e) ----- tree. They came down and took (f) ----- caps away. Waking up, (g) ----- cap-seller was shocked to see his basket empty. To his surprise, he saw (h) ----- monkeys wearing them. He found that monkeys were imitating him. So, he started throwing his cap down. (i) ----- monkeys also did so. (j) ----- cap-seller collected all the caps, put them back in his basket and went away happily.


44. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once (a) ----- bone got stuck in (b) ----- wolf’s throat. First, he tried to swallow. Then he tried to spit it out but (c) ----- bone won't move. He got afraid. Suddenly he remembered (d) ----- crane and went for help. He promised to give it (e) ----- lot of gifts. The crane took (f) ----- bone out with its long beak. Then it demanded (g) ----- gifts. In reply the wolf said that it was his (h) ----- reward that he had not killed it yet. (i) ----- crane was very much disappointed and ran (j) ----- way to save its life.


45. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

One day while crossing (a) ----- field a fox got in (b) ----- trap. At last, he came out of (c) ----- trap but lost his tail. He was ashamed of his loss. But (d) ----- fox was very clever and wicked. He told (e) ----- other foxes that (f) ----- tail looks ugly. So, he had cut his tail off. Some foxes agreed to cut their tails off. Then (g) ----- old and wise fox said, “You didn’t cut your tail off. You lost it in (h) ----- trap.” Hearing this, (i) ----- fox felt ashamed and flew (j) ----- away.


46. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived (a) ----- fox in (b) ----- village. One day he was very hungry. He searched for food everywhere but did not find any. At last, he saw (c) ----- bunch of grapes hanging from (d) ----- grapevine. His mouth started (e) ----- watering. He wanted to eat (f) ----- grapes. So, he jumped and jumped to get them. But all his efforts ended in (g) ----- smoke. He could not reach any (h) ----- grape. At last, (i) ----- fox went away saying, “Those grapes are (j) ----- sour!”


47. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there lived many mice in (a) ----- house. They ate and cut (b) ----- things in (c) ----- house. (d) ----- owner became very angry and brought (e) ----- fat cat. The cat started hunting and killing the mice every day. (f) ----- mice could not move freely now. So, they held (g) ----- meeting to solve the problem none could give any solution. At last, a young mouse proposed to tie (h) ----- bell around her neck. All (i) ----- mice cried out, “Good idea! Good idea!” (j) ----- old mouse slowly stood up and asked, "Can you tell me who will tie the bell?" There was no reply from anybody. 


48. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there was (a) ----- king called Midas. He was very (b) ----- greedy. Although he had (c) ----- lot of (d) ----- wealth, he wanted more and more. One day, wise god granted his wish. (e) ----- king became very happy and ran to (f) ----- palace. His little daughter came up to him. He touched her and she turned to gold. (g) ----- king loved his daughter more than anything. So, he began to cry in fear. Then (h) ----- god took pity on him and took his power away. (i) ----- king became repented. He was no longer (j) ----- greedy.


49. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Bayazid was (a) ----- good boy. Once his mother was ill. At mid night she woke up and wanted to drink water. Bayazid went to (b) ----- kitchen to bring some water but found (c) ----- pitcher empty. Then he went to bring water from (d) ----- fountain which was far away from his house. When he came back home with water, he found his mother asleep. He didn’t want to disturb his ailing mother. So, he remained standing before her (e) ----- whole night. In (f) ----- morning his mother got up and found Bayazid standing beside her. She embraced his son with deep love and prayed to Allah for him.


50. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once there was (a) ----- old pond in a village. Some frogs lived there happily. One day the frogs were singing in chorus. Some boys were passing by (b) ----- pond. They heard (c) ----- frogs and began to throw stones at (d) ----- frogs. All (e) ----- frogs stopped singing. But (f) ----- boys continued to throw stones. As (g) ----- result, many frogs died and many became severely injured. At last (h) ----- old frog said, “Oh boys! Please stop. Don’t play with (i) ----- our lives. What is play to you is death to us.” Hearing this, (j) ----- boys stopped throwing stones.


51. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

Once, (a) ----- fox was very thirsty. He saw (b) ----- big well nearby and peeped into it. (c) ----- fox slipped and fell into the well. He tried to come out. But he could not do so. After some time, there came (d) ----- goat that was also thirsty. He too peeped into (e) ----- well. The fox saw (f) ----- goat and said from inside, “(g) ----- water is very sweet. Come and enjoy.” The foolish goat also jumped into the well. (h) ----- clever fox climbed on (i) ----- back of the goat and jumped out of (j) ----- well.


52. Put in a/an/the or a cross (×) where no article is necessary.

(a) ----- woman had (b) ----- pet mongoose which was very faithful. One day she went to market, leaving her baby in its care. At that time (c) ----- big cobra entered the house. (d) ----- mongoose killed it after (e) ----- long and fierce fight. When (f) ----- woman came back she saw (g) ----- mongoose lying at (h) ----- entrance. She noticed blood-covered mouth. In her haste she thought that it had killed her baby. In (i) ----- moment of sudden fury, she killed it. When she entered the house, she was filled with remorse. Her baby was playing cheerfully and (j) ----- big cobra lay dead nearby. 


53. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Teaching is (a) ----- noble profession. Mr. Salam is (b) -----  expert teacher. He is (c) -----  MA in English. He serves in (d) ----- famous institution. He is very (e) ----- punctual and tries to lead (f) ----- honest life. He loves (g) ----- students like his own (h) ----- children. In fact, he is (i) ----- most favourite teacher to (j) ----- students. [Barishal Board-2019]


54. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

At present, Bangladesh faces (a) ----- number of (b) ----- problems. Of all these problems, (c)  ----- population problem is (d) ----- most acute one. Population is undoubtedly (e) ----- great asset of (f) ----- country. But when (g) ----- country fails to feed and provide them with (h) ----- suitable jobs, they become (i) ----- burden. Similar is (j) -----  case with Bangladesh. [Chattogram Board-2019]


55. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Each and every student wants to make (a) ----- good result in (b) ----- examination. But it is not (c)  ----- easy task (d) ----- student has to do something which can lead him to (e) ----- success. From (f) ----- very beginning. he must be (g) ----- very serious. He should read (h) ----- texts again and again. He must not make (i) ----- notes from (j) ----- common source. [Cumilla Board-2019]


56. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Once we went (a) ----- hunting in (b) ----- deep jungle. Many (c) ----- beast was moving to and fro. Suddenly we noticed (d) ----- ewe. It was looking at us. (e) ----- ewe had (f) ----- unique beauty. We could not kill (g) ----- ewe as it would be (h)  -----  unkind deed. In fact, we are not rude by (i) ----- nature. We returned (j)  -----  home happily for not killing any creature. [Dhaka Board-2019] 


57. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Early rising is (a) ----- good for all. It is (b) ----- very good habit for (e) ----- people who want to shine in (d) ----- life. (e) ----- early riser gets much time for (f) ----- day's work. (g) ----- student who rises early, gets huge time for (h) ----- his/her study. Such (i) ----- student never lags behind. So, we should form (j) ----- habit of rising early in the morning. [Dinajpur Board-2019]


58. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Idleness brings sufferings. (a) ----- idle man and (b) ----- active man cannot be equal. We know (c) ----- story of (d) -----  ant and (e) ----- grasshopper. (f) ----- ant was industrious. On (g) ----- other hand, the grasshopper was a lazy (h) ----- person. The ant knew that (i) ----- industrious shine. On the contrary, (j) ----- lazy one suffers in life. [Jashore Bourd-2019]


59. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

English is (a) -----  international language. It is spoken all over (b) -----  world. Today English is a must in order to get (c) -----  good job. Those who speak and write (d) ----- standard form of English are in great demand. So it helps (e) ----- man to get (f) ----- honourable job. It is (g) ----- official or semi-official language in many countries. (h) ----- official must have good command over English. Ours is an age of (i) ----- globalization. In order to keep pace with time, a Bangladeshi has to know (j) ----- English. [Mymensingh Board-2019]


60. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- ant is an industrious insect. Bees are also (b) ----- industrious. If we observe (e) ----- life of a successful man, we find that he is also (d) ----- industrious (e) ----- industrious are always crowned with (f) ----- success. On the other hand, (g) ----- idle fail in life. So, industry is (h) ----- must to prosper in life. We should hear in mind that industry is (i) ----- key to success and laziness leads us to (j) ----- misfortune. [Rajshahi Board-2019]


61. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) -----  16th of December is (b) ----- red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh. On this day, we achieved victory at (c) ----- cost of (d) ----- bloody battle. Bangladesh came into being as (e) ----- independent country. It occupied a place in the world (f) ----- map. Every year, we observe (g) ----- day with due solemnity. We remember (h) ----- supreme sacrifices of our heroic sons. The day is (i) ----- public holiday. The day begins with gunshots. The national flag is hoisted on (j) ----- top of important houses. [Sylhet Board-2019]


62. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Bangladesh is our motherland. It has thousands of villages where eighty percent of our people live. So, it is clear that (a) ----- welfare of the country depends upon (b) ----- development of these villages. There was (c) ----- time when the villagers were happy and self-supporting. They were (d) -----  simple, healthy, peace loving, religious and hospitable. With the beginning of (e) ----- British rule, the villages saw (f) ----- downfall. (g) ----- few cities sprang up after (h) ----- western fashion. Then (i) ----- educated and well-to-do people left the villages to enjoy (j) ----- modern facilities in those cities. [Barishal Board-2018]


63. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

There once lived (a) ----- poor farmer. He was (b) ----- honest and hard-working. He never wastes (e) ----- time while working. He had (d) ----- few pieces of land, but he had to maintain (e) ----- large family. One day, he found (f) ----- umbrella with a bag. In (g) ----- bag, he found a letter. He showed it to (h) ----- one-eyed learned man. The man told him that it was (i) ----- important letter of (j) ----- university. [Chattogram Board-2018]


64. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

James Norman Hall was (a) ----- American writer. He wrote (b) ----- story about (c) ----- wonderful piece of business that took place between him and a farmer. While living in (d) ----- Tahiti, he was short of (e) ----- money and rented (f) ----- one-room house about 22 kilometers from (g) ----- town. He was doing (h)  ----- interesting writing there. To save money, he wanted to make (i) ----- vegetable garden in front of his house. But (j) ----- land was full of ants and land-crabs. They foiled all his attempts. [Cumilla Board-2018]


65. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- aim of every student is to do better in (b) ----- examination. But it is not (c) ----- easy task. Regular study is (d) ----- must. It is (e) ----- unique quality of a good student. He should not cram (f) ----- without knowing the meaning. He should have a good command over (g) -----  English too. Besides, a student should form the habit of speaking (h) ----- truth. He should make (i) ----- best use of time. But the students who are (j) ----- idle will suffer in the long run. [Dhaka Board-2018]


66. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Bangladesh is (a) ----- world's most densely populated country. Our development efforts are frustrated because of (b) ----- enormous size of population. (c) ----- population explosion is (d) ----- constant threat to our environment and (e) ----- society. Population is growing at such (f) ----- high rate that (g) ----- environment may soon fail to supply (h) ----- people with their minimum necessities. It is indeed (i) ----- alarming situation. Something should be done to change (j) ----- situation. [Dinajpur Board-2018]


67. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Bangladesh is a land of rivers. It got freedom in 1971 through (a) ----- Liberation War. It is located in (b) ----- South Asia. Dhaka is (c) ----- capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka is also known as (d) ----- city of mosques. Our main food is (e) ----- rice and fish. It is (f) ----- country of beauty. It is, in fact, (g) ----- large village. (h) ----- people of Bangladesh are very hospitable. There are many beautiful things here that attract (i) ----- travellers and tourists. The people of Bangladesh like to lead (j) ----- simple life. [Jashore Board-2018]


68. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Money cannot buy (a) ----- happiness. Money is (b) ----- must for our life. But it is not (c) ----- necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) ----- psychological thing. It is (e) ----- name of (f) ----- feeling. It means the contentment of mind. He who is (g) ----- satisfied with what he gets and is content with his life is really (h) ----- happy man. On the other hand, (i) ----- unhappy man finds no contentment with his things. Happiness is (j) ----- blessing of the Almighty. [Rajshahi Board-2018]


69. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

People do not eat (a) ----- same food all over the world. (b) ----- eating habits of the people of a country depend largely its geographical position, climate and soil. That is to say (c) ----- kinds of food that people eat depend on what they get easily. For instance, people in (d) ----- tropical countries eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. (e) ----- chief food of the people of Hawaii and Polynesia in (f) ----- Pacific are tero-roots, bread, (g) -----  fruits and sea-food. They also eat (h) ----- lot of limes. The Indians of central America eat mostly fruits and (i) ----- vegetables. (j) ----- Eskimos live on meat. [Sylhet Board-2018]


70. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

The Great Ship Titanic sailed for New York from Southampton on April, 1912. At that time, she was (a) ----- largest ship. (b) ----- tragic sinking of this great (c) ----- liner will always be remembered for she went down on her first voyage. Four days after sailing out, while it was sailing across (d) ----- icy (e) ----- waters of (f) ----- North Atlantic, (g) ----- huge ice berg was suddenly spotted. After (h) ----- alarm had been given (i) ----- great ship turned sharply to avoid (j) ----- collision. [Barisal Board -SSC 2007]


71. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A true friend is (a) ----- asset. He stands by his (b) ----- friend in time of danger. He is not (c) ----- greedy man. He always wishes for (d) ----- welfare of his friend. But it is (e) ----- matter of (f) ----- fact that (g) ----- ideal friend is very rare today. (h) ----- selfish man cannot be (i) ----- true friend. He thinks of his own (j) ----- interest. [Sylhet Board - SSC 2007]


72. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

It was (a) ----- dark night. A blind man was walking along (b) ----- road with (c) ----- lamp in his hand. Two men laughed at (d) ----- blind man. One said, "What's (e) ----- use of (f) ----- lamp to a blind man?" The other called him (g) ----- fool. The blind man heard this and said, "It's for those who're (h) ----- careless." "What (i) ----- surprise", said (j) ----- others. [Chittagong Board - SSC 2007]


73. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Punctuality is of great value to (a) ----- student. (b) ----- unpunctual boy who is late in (c) ----- class will miss (d) ----- part of his lesson and fall (e) ----- behind other students. But (f) ----- punctual student will learn his lesson in (g) ----- time and do well in (h) ----- examination. Punctuality is (i) ----- key to success in life. We all should be (j) ----- punctual in our activities. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2007]


74. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Journey is always (a) ----- pleasure  to me. Wherever I go on a journey my heart leaps with (b) ----- joy. But (c) ----- journey by boat gives me (d) ----- greatest pleasure. Since Bangladesh is a land of (e) -----  rivers, it is (f) ----- easy matter to make (g) ----- journey by boat. Whenever I get (h) ----- opportunity to make (i) ----- journey by boat, I make (j) ----- best use of the opportunity. [Jessore Board — SSC 2007]


75. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Dowry means property or money brought by a bride to her (a) -----husband. During marriage ceremony (b) -----section of greedy people claim much wealth or money from (c) -----guardians of the brides. (d) -----poor illiterate girls become (e) -----victims of dowry. If (f) -----guardians fail to fulfill (g) -----demand of (h) -----bridegroom, the brides are maltreated. So, the poor cannot think of marriage of their daughters. It is (i) -----social curse. This curse can be eliminated by changing the outlook of people specially the male (j) -----members. [Rajshahi Board — SSC 2007]


76. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Unemployment is (a) ----- great social evil. All (b) ----- able-bodied persons in a society should be engaged in any occupation, (c) ----- unemployed man has to lead a vagabond life. Life becomes (d) ----- curse and burden to him. He has (e) ----- idle brain which very soon becomes (f) ----- workshop. There are many reasons of (g) ----- unemployment in our country. Bangladesh is not (h) ----- industrialized country. The mills and factories that we have can give employment to (i) ----- limited number of people. Similar is the case with (j) ----- agriculture. [Barisal Board - SSC 2008]


77. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Money cannot buy (a)  -----  happiness. Money is (b) -----  must for our life. But it is not (c) -----  necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) -----  psychological thing.  It is ( e)  -----  name of (f) -----  feeling. It means (g) -----  contentment of the mind. He who is satisfied with what he gets and content with his life is (h) -----  really happy one. Happiness cannot be purchased with (i) -----  money. No doubt money has got something to do with (j)  -----  happiness,  but it cannot give  us happiness.  [Sylhet Board - SSC 2008]


78. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Our life is (a) ----- sum total of hours, days and years. But all days are not equally memorable to us. Most of (b) ----- days are forgotten with (c) ----- passage of time. Only (d) ----- few of these days remain ever fresh in our memory. My (e) ----- first day at school is such (f) ----- day. It is fresh in my mind even now. When I was (g) ----- boy of six, my father proposed that I should be admitted into (h) ----- school in (i) ----- class one. I felt (j) ----- both joy and delight. [Comilla Board - SSC 2008]


79. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Money cannot buy (a)  -----  happiness. Money is (b) -----  must for our life. But it is not (c) -----  necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) -----  psychological thing.  It is ( e)  -----  name of (f) -----  feeling. It means (g) -----  contentment of the mind. He who is satisfied with what he gets and content with his life is (h) -----  really happy one. Happiness cannot be purchased with (i) -----  money. No doubt money has got something to do with (j)  -----  happiness,  but it cannot give  us happiness.  [Chittagong Board - SSC 2008]


80. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A library is (a) ----- part and parcel of (b) ----- educational institution. It is (c) ----- unique place where books of different subjects are kept for (d) ----- reading. It enables (e) ----- readers to read books of their choice that create (f) ----- enthusiasm for learning. Students should pay (g) ----- visit to (h) -----  library regularly. They can borrow books for (i)  ----- certain period and return them after (j) ----- given time. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2008]


81. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Patriotism is a noble (a) -----virtue. It inspires (b) -----man to shed last drop of blood to defend the freedom of his (c) -----country. (d) -----man without patriotism is no better than (e) -----beast. A true patriot is honoured by (f) -----all. He thinks for (g) -----welfare of his country. On (h) -----other hand (i) -----unpatriotic man thinks only of his own interest. Those who die for (j) -----country are true patriots. [Jessore Board — SSC 2008]


82. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Money cannot buy (a)  -----happiness. Money is (b) -----must for our life. But it is not (c) -----necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) -----psychological thing.  It is (e)  -----name of (f) -----feeling. It means (g) -----contentment of the mind. He who is satisfied with what he gets and content with his life is (h) -----really happy one. Happiness cannot be purchased with (i) -----money. No doubt money has got something to do with (j)  -----happiness,  but it cannot give  us happiness.  [Rajshahi Board — SSC 2008]


83. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- discipline is seen in (b) ----- nature. Every morning (c) ----- sun rises in (d) ----- east, day follows (e) ----- night, birds sing and (f) ----- plants blossom. Everywhere in (g) ----- nature there is (h) ----- harmony. If there were no discipline in (i) ----- nature, there would have been (j) ----- chaos everywhere. [Barisal Board - SSC 2009]


84. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Though patriotism is (a) ----- universal human trait, it is often torn away by (b) ----- state herself. (c) ----- poor people of (d) ----- poor country become indifferent to their state of affairs and lose (e) ----- sense of patriotism. Such people would have become as patriotic as (f) ----- Simon Bolivar or (g) ----- Abraham Lincoln if they had a caring government or leader who would make their lives a bit easier. (h) ----- people of (i) ----- wealthy country simply love their country because the state provides them with everything like shelter, education, job and (j) ----- security. [Sylhet Board - SSC 2009]


85. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- cricket is (b) ----- foreign game in our country. But it is (c) ----- international game. After winning (d) ----- ICC Trophy in (e) ----- Malaysia in 1996 it has become more popular than football in our country. By defeating (f) ----- Kenya Bangladesh got (g) ----- first victory in (h) ----- ODI cricket in 1998. Bangladesh got the taste of winning (i) ----- test match in January, 2005 defeating (j) ----- Zimbabwe. [Comilla Board - SSC 2009]


86. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A student must take care of his (a) ----- health because (b) ----- sound mind lives in (c) ----- body. Good health is (d) ----- key to success. In order to enjoy good health, (e) ----- student observe (f) ----- rules of health. (g) ----- unhealthy man may be (h) ----- possessor of vast (i) ----- wealth but he leads (j) ----- unhappy life. [Chittagong Board - SSC 2009]


87. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

English is (a) ----- international language. We feel (b) ----- necessity of learning English at every step. This is (c) ----- only language of international overseas business, communication, co-operation and (d) ----- co-existence. It is essential to receive (e) ----- foreign degree or higher education. All (f) -----  good jobs  need   English  knowing persons.  So, every educated person   should know how to communicate in (g) ----- English. To learn and develop (h) ----- skill of English specially for (i) ----- students is very important. No (j) ----- student should be ignorant of it. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2009]


88. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

One day I met (a) ----- lame man. After talking for a while he showed me (b) ----- identity card. Seeing (c) ----- identity card I came to know that he was (d) ----- university student. After completing his (e) ----- study he joined (f) ----- army. During the Liberation War he fought (g) ----- bravely against (h) ----- occupied army of the then West Pakistan. But it is (i) ----- irony of fate that a bullet of (j) -----  enemies hit on his left leg. Thus, he lost his leg. [Dinajpur Board - SSC 2009, DB—2009]


89. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Akbar (a) -----Great was one of (b) -----greatest emperors of India. He was on the one side a great ruler and on the other side a man of (c) -----wisdom. Among all (d) -----Mughal rulers he was (e) -----best. As a result, his name has been written in golden letters in the page of (f) -----history. He was (g) -----uneducated person. But he had (h) -----ability to rule (i) -----kingdom like (j) -----expert ruler. [Rajshahi Board — SSC 2009]


90. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Gourab always tries to educate (a) ----- uneducated. He tells them to check (b) ----- beast in them. He reads in (c) ----- Dhaka College. Being (d) ----- active boy, he hates (e) ----- idle. He has (f) ----- great deal of books. He makes (g) ----- best use of time. He has made (h) ----- few plans. He knows that (i) ----- time is (j) ----- valuable thing. [Barisal Board - SSC 2010]


91. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Journey is always (a) -----  pleasure to me. Wherever I go on a journey my heart leaps with (b) ----- joy. But (c) ----- journey by boat gives me (d) ----- greatest pleasure. Since Bangladesh is a land of (e) -----  rivers, it is (f) ----- easy matter to make (g) ----- journey by boat. Whenever I get (h) ----- opportunity to make (i) ----- journey by boat, I make (j) ----- best use of the opportunity. [Sylhet Board - SSC 2010]


92. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

We have six seasons in (a) ----- Bangladesh. Every season appears at an interval of every two months. The winter is one of (b) ----- six seasons in Bangladesh. It comes after (c) ----- late autumn. It comprises the two Bengali months of Paush and Magh. Winter comes with its fog and chill. Life in nature seems to be dull. Trees turn grey and leafless. Men and animals shiver with cold. (d) ----- sky becomes clear and blue. Poor people suffer much from cold. In this season vegetables are available in abundance. There is (e) ----- very special feature of (f) ----- season. It is (g) ----- collecting time of juice from date fees. In the winter (h) ----- general health of people remains satisfactory. No doubt winter is (i) ----- cold season. But at (j) ----- same time it is enjoyable too. [Comilla Board - SSC 2010]


93. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Patriotism is a noble (a) ----- virtue. It inspires (b) ----- man to shed last drop of blood to defend the freedom of his (c) ----- country. (d) ----- man without patriotism is no better than (e) ----- beast. A true patriot is honoured by (f) ----- all. He thinks for (g) ----- welfare of his country. On (h) ----- other hand (i) -----  unpatriotic man thinks only of his own interest. Those who die for (j) -----  country are true patriots. [Chittagong Board - SSC 2010]


94.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Journey is always (a) -----  pleasure to me. Wherever I go on a journey my heart leaps with (b) ----- joy. But (c) ----- journey by boat gives me (d) ----- greatest pleasure. Since Bangladesh is a land_ of (e) -----  rivers, it is (f) ----- easy matter to make (g) ----- journey by boat. Whenever I get (h) ----- opportunity to make (i) ----- journey by boat, I make (j) ----- best use of the opportunity. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2010]


95.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A true friend is (a) ----- asset. He stands by his (b) ----- friend in time of danger. He is not (c) ----- greedy man. He always wishes for (d) ----- welfare of his friend. But it is (e) ----- matter of (f) ----- fact that (g) ----- ideal friend is very rare today. (h) ----- selfish man cannot be (i) ----- true friend. He thinks of his own (j) ----- interest. [Dinajpur Board – SSC 2010]


96.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Money cannot buy (a)  -----happiness. Money is (b) -----must for our life. But it is not (c) -----necessary to bring our happiness. Happiness is absolutely (d) -----psychological thing.  It is (e)  -----name of (f) -----feeling. It means (g) -----contentment of the mind. He who is satisfied with what he gets and content with his life is (h) -----really happy one. Happiness cannot be purchased with (i) -----money. No doubt money has got something to do with (j)  -----happiness,  but it cannot give  us happiness.  [Jessore Board — SSC 2010]


97.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

It was (a) ----- dark night. A blind man was walking along (b) ----- road with (c) ----- lamp in his hand. Two men laughed at (d) ----- blind man. One said, "What's (e) ----- use of (f) ----- lamp to a blind man?" The other called him (g) ----- fool. The blind man heard this and said, "It's for those who're (h) ----- careless." "What (i) ----- surprise", said (j) ----- others. [Rajshahi Board — SSC 2010]


98.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A true friend is (a) ----- asset. He stands by his (b) ----- friend in time of danger. He is not (c) ----- greedy man. He always wishes for (d) ----- welfare of his friend. But it is (e) ----- matter of (f) ----- fact that (g) ----- ideal friend is very rare today. (h) ----- selfish man cannot be (i) ----- true friend. He thinks of his own (j) ----- interest. [Barisal Board - SSC 2011]


99.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A gentleman once€ advertised for (a) ----- post of a peon and nearby 50 candidates came to apply for (b) ----- post. Of course, only one could be chosen and 49 must be sent away. When (c) ----- choice was made, (d) ----- friend asked (e) ----- gentleman why he had selected (f) ----- one who came with (g) ----- least recommendation. The gentleman said, "There were many things I noticed in his favour. He knew (h) ----- use of the mat at the door; he closed the door gently as he entered, he made way for (i) ----- lame man who came into the office; and all of my questions were answered properly and respectively. I think his politeness is (j) ----- great recommendation. [Sylhet Board – SSC 2011]


100.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A true friend is (a) ----- asset. He stands by his (b) ----- friend in time of danger. He is not (c) ----- greedy man. He always wishes for (d) ----- welfare of his friend. But it is (e) ----- matter of (f) ----- fact that (g) ----- ideal friend is very rare today, (h) ----- selfish man cannot be (i) ----- true friend. He thinks of his own (j) ----- interest. [Chittagong Board - SSC 2011]


101.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

The prize giving ceremony is (a) ----- occasion of joy. Almost every school holds (b) ----- prize giving ceremony. The last prize giving ceremony of our (c) ----- school was held on 2 March in (d) ----- school compound. We decorated (e) ----- school building very tastefully. (f) ----- big pandal was created to hold the function. There were two tables neatly decorated on which (g) ----- prizes were kept. On one side was (h) ----- platform from where the speeches were delivered. There was a victory stand from where (i) ----- recipients received their (j) ----- prizes. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2011]


102.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Akbar (a) ----- Great was one of (b) ----- greatest emperors of India. He was on the one side a great ruler and on the other side a man of (c) ----- wisdom. Among all (d) ----- Mughal rulers he was (e) ----- best. As a result, his name has been written in golden letters in the page of (f) ----- history. He was (g) ----- uneducated person. But he had (h) ----- ability to rule (i) ----- kingdom like (j) ----- expert ruler. [Dinajpur Board – SSC 2011]


103.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

A true friend is (a) -----asset. He stands by his (b) -----friend in time of danger. He is not (c) -----greedy man. He always wishes for (d) -----welfare of his friend. But it is (e) -----matter of (f) -----fact that (g) -----ideal friend is very rare today. (h) -----selfish man cannot be (i) -----true friend. He thinks of his own (j) -----interest. [Jessore Board — SSC 2011]


104.Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

You are (a) ----- students of Class Ten, (b) ----- highest class of the school. To come to this stage, you had to undergo a lot of hardships and to make (c) ----- effort. None of you can deny (d) ----- fact of getting help from (e) ----- so many dedicated teachers. This is however (f) ----- usual process. What (g) ----- tremendous  job (h) ----- teachers should dread to bring you at this stage. All these have been done to you to help you in becoming (i) ----- unique person, having (j) ----- ability, integrity, etc. [Rajshahi Board — SSC 2011]


105. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

One day I met (a) ----- lame man. After talking for a while, he showed me (b) ----- identity card. Seeing (c) ----- identity card I came to know that he was (d) ----- university student. After completing his (e) ----- study he joined (f) ----- army. During the Liberation War he fought (g) ----- bravely against (h) ----- occupied army of the then West Pakistan. But it is (i) — irony of fate that a bullet of (j) ----- enemies hit on his left leg. Thus, he lost his leg. [Barisal Board - SSC 2012]


106. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

Truthfulness is (a) ----- greatest of all (b) ----- virtues which makes (c) ----- man really great. If we do not cultivate (d) ----- habit of speaking (e) ----- truth, we cannot command (f) ----- confidence of others. We may succeed once or twice by telling (e) ----- lie, but it never brings about (h) ----- good result. A lie never lies hidden. When (i) ----- real character of (j) ----- liar is revealed, nobody believes him. All hate him and speaks ill of him behind his back. [Sylhet Board - SSC 2012]


107. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- 16th December is (b) ----- red letter day in the history of Bangladesh. On this day we achieved victory at (c) ----- cost of (d) ----- bloody battle. Bangladesh came into being as (e) ----- independent country. It occupied a place in the world (f) ----- map. Every year we observe (g) ----- day with due solemnity. We remember (h) ----- supreme sacrifice of our heroic sons. The day is (i) ----- public holiday. The day begins with gunshot. The national flag is hoisted on (j) ----- top of each house. [Comilla Board - SSC 2012]


108. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary. Put a cross (x) where no article is needed.

(a) ----- teacher is often compared with (b) ----- architect. He is called the architect of a nation. He is (c) ----- light of learning and makes (d) ----- illiterate people worthy citizens of our country. But it is (e) ----- matter of regret that (f) ----- teachers are not held in due respect in our society. They lead (g) ----- humble life in (h) ----- midst of (i) ----- want. Still, they keep the light of (i) ----- education burning in order to remove the darkness of illiteracy and superstitions from the society. [Dhaka Board - SSC 2012]


109. Use articles (a, an or the) where necessary.