Beginner English Grammar (A2) Lesson 22 of 25

Determiners and Plural Nouns

Read and listen to four conversations using the grammar.

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Conversation 1

Man: Do you have a big apartment?
Woman : No, it is very small. It has a kitchen, a living room and two bedrooms.
Man: How many bathrooms does it have?
Woman : It has two bathrooms.
Man: Do you have a balcony?
Woman: No, but I have a view of the lake and the mountains.
Man: What is the apartment building like?
Woman: It is nice. It has a pool, a laundry room and a gym.
Man: Wow, sounds like a nice place!
Woman: It’s alright. Not great, but not bad.

Conversation 2

Man: What food do you have? I’m hungry.
Woman : We have some fruit. We have some oranges, an apple and two bananas.
Man: Yeah, I don’t want fruit. I’m not hungry for that.
Woman : Well, we have some chips, and some peanuts.
Man: Yeah, I don’t want a snack, I want a meal. What else do we have?
Woman : We have some leftovers. We have some pizza and some salad.
Man: That sounds perfect. Do you want some?
Woman: No, I’m not hungry. Thank you though.

Conversation 3

Woman: What are you doing?
Man: Shopping for clothes online. I need some clothes for my ski trip.
Woman : What do you need?
Man: I need a ski jacket, some gloves and a scarf.
Woman: I have a scarf. Do you want it?
Man: No, thank you. I have an old scarf, but I want a new one.
Woman : What about skis? I have some skis. Do you want to use them?
Man: Yes, I do. Thank you for the offer.
Woman: My pleasure! Please, come and get them any time.
Man: Thank you, I appreciate that.

Conversation 4

Man: What is your favorite place in town?
Woman: I like the park. It has many trees and flowers, and lots of grass.
Man: I like the park too. My favorite place is the mall.
Woman : The mall? What do you like about it?
Man: Well, it has some nice cafes and cheap stores for shopping.
Woman: True. It also has some good restaurants.
Man: It does. It has a really good Korean restaurant.
Woman: Oh, I love that place! It’s really good.


Point 1: Determiners (a, an, the, some) come before nouns and give nouns added meaning.
  1. I bought a hat.
  2. I bought an old hat.
  3. I bought the hat.
  4. I bought some hats.
Point 2: We use a / an when we introduce a singular noun. We use an if the noun or adjective starts with a vowel sound.
  1. I have a bike.
  2. I have a new bike.
  3. I have an apple.
  4. I have an old bike.
Point 3: We use some to introduce an uncountable noun or plural noun.
  1. I have some pain in my arm.
  2. She has some money for me.
  3. We have some pets.
  4. I made some cookies.
Point 4: We use the when the speaker and listener both know what is being discussed.
  1. I got the drinks for the party.
  2. I like the new cafe.
  3. When is the meeting?
  4. Who is the new guy at work?
Answer these questions about the interview.

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