How to use the indefinite article in Malay

How to use the indefinite article in Malay

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

The Malay 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 Malay. For humans, the indefinite article in Malay is 'seorang'. For animals, the indefinite article is 'seekor'. For things, the indefinite article is 'sebuah'.


a week
sebuah tingkap
a window
sebuah bangunan
a building
sebuah bandar
a city
sebuah keluarga
a family
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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 Malay, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns buku, kerusi and pintu (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 kerusi 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 Malay including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Malay nouns buku, kerusi and pintu, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Malay).

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