Exercise – A, The, And The Zero Article – Version Hemingway

A, The, And The Zero Article – Version Hemingway

  1. In _____ late summer of that year we lived in _____ house in _____ village that looked across _____ river and _____ plain to _____ mountains.

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    In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.

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  2. In _____ bed of _____ river there were _____ pebbles and _____ boulders, dry and white in _____ sun, and _____ water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in _____ channels.

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    In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels.

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  3. _____ troops went by _____ house and down _____ road and _____ dust they raised powdered _____ leaves of _____ trees.

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    Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees.

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  4. _____ trunks of _____ trees too were dusty and _____ leaves fell early that year and we saw _____ troops marching along _____ road and _____ dust rising and _____ leaves, stirred by _____ breeze, falling and _____ soldiers marching and afterward  _____ road bare and white except for _____ leaves.

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    The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward  the road bare and white except for the leaves.

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  5. _____ plain was rich with _____ crops; there were many orchards of _____ fruit trees and beyond _____ plain _____ mountains were brown and bare.

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    The plain was rich with crops; there were many orchards of fruit trees and beyond the plain the mountains were brown and bare.

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  6. There was fighting in _____ mountains and at _____ night we could see _____ flashes from _____ artillery. In _____ dark it was like _____ summer lightning, but _____ nights were cool and there was not _____ feeling of _____ storm coming.

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    There was fighting in the mountains and at night we could see the flashes from the artillery. In the dark it was like summer lightning, but the nights were cool and there was not the feeling of a storm coming.

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  7. Sometimes in _____ dark we heard _____ troops marching under _____ window and_____ guns going past pulled by _____ motor-tractors.

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    Sometimes in the dark we heard the troops marching under the window and guns going past pulled by motor-tractors.

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  8. There was much traffic at _____ night and many mules on _____ roads with _____ boxes of ammunition on each side of their pack-saddles and _____ gray motor trucks that carried _____ men, and _____ other trucks with _____ loads covered with canvas that moved slower in _____ traffic.

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    There was much traffic at night and many mules on the roads with boxes of ammunition on each side of their pack-saddles and gray motor trucks that carried men, and other trucks with loads covered with canvas that moved slower in the traffic.

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  9. There were big guns too that passed in _____ day drawn by tractors, _____ long barrels of _____ guns covered with green branches and green leafy branches and vines laid over _____ tractors.

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    There were big guns too that passed in the day drawn by tractors, the long barrels of the guns covered with green branches and green leafy branches and vines laid over the tractors.

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  10. To _____ north we could look across _____ valley and see _____ forest of chestnut trees and behind it another mountain on this side of _____ river.

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    To the north we could look across a valley and see a forest of chestnut trees and behind it another mountain on this side of the river.

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  11. There was fighting for that mountain too, but it was not successful, and in _____ fall when _____ rains came _____ leaves all fell from _____ chestnut trees and _____ branches were bare and _____ trunks black with rain.

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    There was fighting for that mountain too, but it was not successful, and in the fall when the rains came the leaves all fell from the chestnut trees and the branches were bare and the trunks black with rain.

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  12. _____ vineyards were thin and bare-branched too and all _____ country wet and brown and dead with _____ autumn.

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    The vineyards were thin and bare-branched too and all the country wet and brown and dead with the autumn.

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  13. There were mists over _____ river and clouds on _____ mountain and _____ trucks splashed mud on _____ road and _____ troops were muddy and wet in their capes; their rifles were wet and under their capes _____ two leather cartridge-boxes on _____ front of _____ belts, gray leather boxes heavy with _____ packs of clips of thin, long 6.5 mm. cartridges, bulged forward under _____ capes so that _____ men, passing on _____ road, marched as though they were six months gone with child.

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    There were mists over the river and clouds on the mountain and the trucks splashed mud on the road and the troops were muddy and wet in their capes; their rifles were wet and under their capes the two leather cartridge-boxes on the front of the belts, gray leather boxes heavy with the packs of clips of thin, long 6.5 mm. cartridges, bulged forward under the capes so that the men, passing on the road, marched as though they were six months gone with child.

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  14. There were _____ small gray motor cars that passed going very fast; usually there was _____ officer on _____ seat with _____ driver and more officers in _____ back seat.

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    There were small gray motor cars that passed going very fast; usually there was an officer on the seat with the driver and more officers in the back seat.

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  15. They splashed more mud than _____ camions even and if one of _____ officers in _____ back was very small and sitting between two generals, he himself so small that you could not see his face but only _____ top of his cap.

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    They splashed more mud than the camions even and if one of the officers in the back was very small and sitting between two generals, he himself so small that you could not see his face but only the top of his cap.

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