Definite Article

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Definite Article

The Hispanic Population in the US

Instructions: Look at the underline words in the following paragraph:

56.6 million - The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2015 making people of Hispanic origin the nation´s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.6 percent of the nation´s total population.

Hispanic Americans by the numbers. Retrieved September 16, 2016 from


Getting started: Some facts about the US Hispanic population

Instructions: Read more information about the Hispanic population in the US, and write T (true) or F (false).

119 million the projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2016. According to this projection, the Hispanic population will constitute 28.6 percent of the nation’s population by 2060.

39.3 million the number of U.S. residents age 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2014. This is a 126.3 percent increase since 1990 when it was 17.3 million.

  1. The Hispanic population in the US now is 119 million.

  2. The number of Hispanic residents doubled in 2014.

  3. The Hispanic population will decrease by 2060.

Definite article – The

Let’s learn about the definite article.

Instructions: Read the following information about the definite article.

What is an article?

Articles are words used to define nouns as specific or unspecific.

The – definite article (a specific object that both the person speaking and the listener know):

Example: The car over there is fast.

The teacher is very good, isn’t he?

The first time you speak of something use “a” or “an”, the next time you repeat that object use “the”.

Example: I live in a house. The house is quite old.

I ate in a Chinese restaurant. The restaurant was good.

No article

DO NOT use an article with countries, states, provinces, lakes and mountains except with “The United States” and “The United Kingdom”.

DO NOT use an article when you are speaking about things in general:

I like Russian tea.

She likes reading books.

DO NOT use an article when speaking about meals, places and transport:

He has breakfast at home.

I go to the university.

He comes to work by taxi.


The or –

Instructions: Complete the following paragraph with “the” or “-”

  1. UK

  2. states

  3. Texas

  4. Pacific Ocean

  5. Mexican

  6. doneCheck


Definite article or –

Instructions: Complete the following paragraph with “the” or “-”.

United States is a highly developed country, with world's largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, and productivity per person.


Hispanic Heritage

Instructions: Complete the following paragraph with “the” or “-”. Read the text and write the definite article where necessary. Remember the rules. Click on CHECK to check your answers.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during week that included September 15 and September 16. In 1989, Congress expanded observance to a month-long celebration (September 15 to October 15) of culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and Caribbean.