一起烤雅思 1-13a UNDER THE SEA

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We’re going to look at articles today - indefinite articles ‘a’ and ‘an’, and the definite article, ‘the’.

But first, let’s meet an oceanographer. She’s talking about using underwater devices to predict weather patterns.

See if you can hear her using articles while she talks about monsoons.

The monsoon gets a lot of its energy from the equatorial and sub-tropical Indian Oceans. Dr Susan Wijffels, an oceanographer from Australia’s CSIRO, is hoping that by measuring the state of the Indian Ocean in those areas, scientists will be able to learn something about monsoon predictability.

Predicting the monsoon is a very difficult thing and yet it impacts on millions and millions of people, and so we think that, if we can predict the monsoon usefully, we can make a real difference.

We know from El Nino that it’s a fully global system, so you just can’t study one small part of the ocean and solve these problems. You really need a global integrated observing system, and the Argo program is the first real big ocean attempt to do that, and it’s the float technology that’s allowed us to even think about doing this.


Using ‘articles’ before nouns is one of the most difficult things in learning English.

You can choose between indefinite articles ‘a’ and ‘an’, the definite article ‘the’, or no article at all.

Let’s start with the indefinite articles ‘a’ and ‘an’.

The rule is that ‘a’ is used before words starting with a consonant, and ‘an’ is used before words starting with a vowel.

So we have ‘a banana’, but ‘an apple.


There are a couple of exceptions to the rule.

Where the consonant ‘h’ is not pronounced, we use ‘an’.

So we say ‘a happy man’, but ‘an honest man’.

The ‘h’ is not pronounced, so ‘honest’ sounds like it starts with a vowel.

Where the vowel ‘u’ is pronounced like a ‘y’ sound, we use ‘a’.

So we say ‘an umbrella’, but ‘a user’, because ‘user’ sounds like it begins with a ‘y’.

‘A’ and ‘an’ are only used with singular nouns. We use ‘some’ with plural nouns.

The indefinite articles ‘a’ or ‘an’ are used to refer to ‘indefinite’ things, things that aren’t specific. You use them when you’re referring to any member of a group of things. The indefinite article does not refer to a particular thing, but one out of many possible things.

If I say ‘I would like a banana’, I just want any banana, it doesn’t matter which one.

Let’s look at an example of indefinite articles from the clip.

Predicting the monsoon is a very difficult thing and yet it impacts on millions and millions of people, and so we think that, if we can predict the monsoon usefully, we can make a real difference.

She uses the indefinite article twice.

She says ‘predicting the monsoon is a very difficult thing’. There are many things that are difficult to do, and predicting the monsoon is just one of them.

Secondly she says ‘we can make a real difference’. There are many differences that can be made in the world, but she is just talking about one of them.
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DEFINITE AND INDEFINITE ARTICLES 定冠词和不定冠词~
English uses articles to provide information about a noun, whether it is generic, indefinite or definite.
In English there are two types of articles - indefinite and definite.
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1、Tea is _____ popular and refreshing beverage.
2、Its pleasant flavour adds to _____ satisfaction of drinking it.
3、It is consumed in almost every country in _____ world.
4、The United Kingdom is possibly _____ largest consumer of tea.
5、Consequently, having a cup of tea for morning and afternoon tea has become _____ integral part of life.

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