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Article Gap Fill: The Town of Most


Read this short article about the Czech town of Most. For each space, decide which article, if any, should be used.

The moment you arrive in Most you're hit by _____ smog. You can feel it in _____ back of your throat and taste _____ sulphur in the air.

On the edge of town lies _____ huge industrial complex, _____ vast mill of smokestacks and _____ cooling towers, it's one of _____ sources of the smog. Most itself hasn't changed much since the end of _____ Communism. There are _____ few more shops with _____ few more goods for sale. But there's still _____ bleak, lifeless feel to the place. _____ industrial workers are housed in rows of identical apartment blocks and do their shopping in _____ colourless, concrete town centre.

The surrounding countryside has, over _____ years, been transformed into _____ scarred landscape of _____ huge open-cast mines. From them comes _____ lignite, the brown coal which is _____ main source of cheap fuel here, as well as the cause of much of the pollution. When burnt it gives off _____ thick sulphur fumes.

_____ price of industrial growth here has been great...and the people of Most are still living with its consequences. In the children's ward of the local hospital, Dr. Jiri Biolek, deals with the effects of the pollution on _____ city's young. Sitting in his spartan office, he remembers the day back in the autumn of _____ 1981 when the pollution was so bad that all _____ leaves fell off the trees overnight. _____ few days later there was an outbreak of _____ pneumonia in the town. The "authorities of the time", as Dr. Biolek calls them, told _____ hospital to say the illnesses had been caused by _____ virus.

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