Fill in the blanks with the correct or no article(s): _____ actor won _____ national award for his performance. (specific actor and specific award)
The ; a
The ; the
An ; a
An ; no article
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The ; the
Since in the question it is already mentioned that we are referring to a specific actor and a specific award, we have to use the definite article 'the' in both the blanks as it refers to, or introduces a particular and specific noun. Hence option B is the correct answer.
Option A is incorrect because as already mentioned, it is imperative that we use the definite article in both blanks, however, 'a' is an indefinite article thus making it incorrect.
Options C and D are incorrect because it includes the indefinite articles 'a' and 'an' that is used before singular nonspecific nouns. Since the nouns in question (actor and national award) are specific, using either of these options would be grammatically incorrect.