Practice using English articles A, AN and THE with this news quiz


Remember this news story we learned from this week?

Today I want you to fill in the blanks with the correct article. Please place A, AN or THE in the blank space.
This is hard! Good luck! Find the answers on the May 27 post here:


__ humble rice cooker from Taiwan tries to conquer __ world


TAIPEI -- Ever hear of Tatung? __ Taiwanese company used to make steel but in 1960 started selling rice cookers that to this day accounts for 95% of all rice cooker sales on __ island.

     And now it wants to conquer __ rest of __ world.

     What's so special about __ rice cooker? This one is multitalented. It also steams dumplings and simmers stews, making it __ must-have gadget in __ land where many women continue working after marriage. And where steamed, meat-filled buns are __ specialty.

     The rice cooker has __ unique double-layer construction that cooks indirectly. Indirect heating is said to preserve nutritional value; it also helps to prevent overcooking.
     An outer pot holds and boils water, which heats food in __ inner pot. When __ water in __ first chamber evaporates, __ device shuts itself off, keeping __ ingredients in __ second chamber at __ warm 70 C. According to __ Tatung representative, __ cooker steams rice more evenly than other cookers.
     Tatung's electric cooker is especially good for reheating steamed dumplings and similar dishes because it tends to preserve __ original flavor and texture, which are often lost when reheated in __ microwave or convection oven.
     Tatung introduced __ cooker more than half __ century (50 years) ago because it wanted to sell more steel.
     Tatung had __ technical alliance (partnership) with Toshiba back then and got its inspiration for __ rice cooker's design from its Japanese partner.

     The current best-selling rice cooker at __ mass-retailer in Taipei is __ 4-liter Tatung that sells for around 2,330 New Taiwan dollars (about US$78). It is available in green, pink or other colors.

     According to the store manager, the shop sells around 100 of these devices per month. Newlyweds are big fans. It is also a must-have among students and business people heading abroad.

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