How to use the indefinite article in Irish

How to use the indefinite article in Irish

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

The Irish 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 Irish. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered indefinite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples

fear
a man
crann
a tree
iasc
a fish
cat
a cat
focal
a word
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Irish

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 Irish, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns leabhar, cathaoir 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 Irish, because in Irish, there is no indefinite article. So the word leabhar can mean book or a book, the word cathaoir 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 Irish including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Irish nouns leabhar, cathaoir and doras, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Irish).

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