How to use the indefinite article in Latin

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

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


a bed
a building
a son
a daughter
a child
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The study of Classical Latin language and literature is part of the curriculum in schools and universities of many countries. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Latin would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Latin

Learn to get by in Latin with these useful words and phrases. We'll begin by learning some basic Latin phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Ea magistra est.
She is a teacher.
Medica est.
She is a doctor.
Ea discipula est.
She is a student.
Puella est.
She is a girl.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Latin

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 Latin, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns liber, sella and ianua (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are liber quidam, sella quaedam and porta quaedam (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 Latin including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Latin nouns liber, sella and ianua, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Latin).

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