Articles – mixed exercises

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Complete the table with the definite and indefinite articles for each word.

Definite Article Indefinite Article
fille[the girl]|feminine noun → la|For people and animals the gender of the article corresponds to the biological gender. fille[a girl]|feminine noun → une|For people and animals the gender of the article corresponds to the biological gender.
garçonthe boy]|masculine noun → le|For people and animals the gender of the article corresponds to the biological gender. garçon[a boy]|masculine noun → un|For people and animals the gender of the article corresponds to the biological gender.
ami[the friend]|masculine noun, le becomes l’ before a vowel ami[a friend]|masculine noun → un
heure[the hour]|feminine noun, la becomes l’ before a vowel sound heure[an hour]|feminine noun → une
enfants[the children]|plural noun → les enfants[children]|plural noun → des

Complete the sentences with the contracted forms of the articles and the prepositions in brackets.

  1. J’aime boire (de + le) lait.[I like drinking milk.]|de + le = du
  2. Hier nous avons fait (de + les) gâteaux.[Yesterday we baked cakes.]|de + les = des
  3. Est-ce que vous jouez (à + le) tennis tous les mardis?[Do you play tennis every Tuesday?]|à + le = au
  4. Demain ils feront (de + le) badminton.[Tomorrow they’re playing badminton.]|de + le = du
  5. Est-ce que tu es allé (à + les) Halles à Paris?[Did you go to the Halles in Paris?]|à + les = aux

Read the sentences and decide if you need to use an article after the partitive de (le partitif) or not.

  1. J’ai acheté glace pour le dessert.[I bought some ice cream for dessert.]|For uncountable nouns we use the partitive de + article
  2. Est-ce que tu as encore beaucoup sucre?[Do you still have a lot of sugar?]|We do not use the article after the partititve de in expressions like beaucoup de
  3. Il a déjà lu la moitié livre.[He has already read half of the book.]|La moitié is an exception: although it expresses a concrete amount we use an article after the partitive de.
  4. Nous faisons gymnastique tous les lundis.[We do gymnastics every Monday.]|For types of sports we use the partitive de with an article.
  5. Ils ne mangent plus viande, car ils sont végétariens.[They don’t eat meat because they are vegetarians.]|After a negation the partitive de is never followed by an article.
  6. Est-que je peux avoir eau?[Can I have some water?]|For uncountable nouns we use the partitive de with an article.