How to use the indefinite article in Portuguese

How to use the indefinite article in Portu­guese

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

The Portu­guese indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'um' or 'uma' in Portuguese. The word 'um' is used with masculine nouns and the word 'uma' is used with feminine nouns.

Examples

um edifício
a building
uma pedra
a stone
uma criança
a child
uma árvore
a tree
uma palavra
a word
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Basic words and phrases in Portu­guese

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Mais forte.
Louder.
Mais devagar.
Slower.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Portu­guese

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

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