How to use the indefinite article in Gaelic

How to use the indefinite article in Gaelic

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Gaelic? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Gaelic lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Gaelic indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' does not exist in Gaelic. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered indefinite without the need for a specific word to show this.


a door
a girl
a horse
a dog
an apple
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Gaelic

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns in English (a book, a chair, a door etc.). To get started in Gaelic, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns leabhar, cathair and doras (book, chair, door). Once you have learned these nouns, you can then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. This is easy in Gaelic, because in Gaelic, there is no indefinite article. So the word leabhar can mean book or a book, the word cathair can mean chair or a chair and the word doras can mean door or a door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Gaelic including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Gaelic nouns leabhar, cathair and doras, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Gaelic).

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