How to use the indefinite article in Indonesian

How to use the indefinite article in Indo­nesian

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

The Indo­nesian indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' has various forms in Indonesian. For humans, the indefinite article in Indonesian is 'seorang'. For animals, the indefinite article is 'seekor'. For things, the indefinite article is 'sebuah'.


seorang anak
a child
seekor kuda
a horse
sebuah bunga
a flower
sebuah tempat tidur
a bed
sebuah apel
an apple
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The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. To learn to use the indefinite article in Indonesian, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns pustaka, and (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are sebuah buku, sebuah kursi and sebuah pintu (a book, a chair, a door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Indonesian including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Indonesian nouns pustaka, and , you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Indonesian).

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