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INDEFINITE ARTICLES

  The indefinite article refers to one individual out of a general group. English has two forms: a and an. In Spanish have two genders:   Feminine forms: Una                 a, an                            Unas               a few, some Una pera es una fruta                     A pear is a fruit Masculine forms: Un                   a, an                            Unos               a few, […]

The indefinite article refers to one individual out of a general group. English has two forms: a and an. In Spanish have two genders:

Feminine forms:

Una                 a, an                            Unas                a few, some

Una pera es una fruta                     A pear is a fruit

Masculine forms:

Un                   a, an                            Unos                a few, some

Tengo un abrigo nuevo                  I have a new overcoat

WHEN ARE INDEFINITE ARTICLES USED IN SPANISH?

English and Spanish are equivalent. Use the indefinite articles:

  • To refer to one individual in a general group:

 Una sinfonía es una obra de arte             A symphony is a work of art

  • To identify a person with a noun indicating personal qualities:

Eres un ángel                       You are an angel

  • To indicate an approximate amount with numbers and quantities;

La bolsa cuesta unos cincuenta euros    The bag cost about fifty euros

WHEN ARE INDEFINITE ARTICLES NOT USED IN SPANISH? 

Remember not to use indefinite articles:

  • With nouns designating a nonspecific amount:

¿Pones tomate en la paella?     Do you put some tomate in the paella?

  • With nouns of professions, nationality or religion after ser:

Somos electricistas                        We are electricians

  • When the noun is preceded by the words: cierto, medio, mil, otro, qué , or tal :

Cierta persona te visita a menudo   A certain person visits you often

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