How to use the indefinite article in Spanish

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The Spanish 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 'un' or 'una' in Spanish. The word 'un' is used with masculine nouns and the word 'una' is used with feminine nouns.


un pájaro
a bird
un hermano
a brother
una mesa
a table
una manzana
an apple
un caballo
a horse
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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 Spanish, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns libro, silla and puerta (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are un libro, una silla and una puerta (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 Spanish including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Spanish nouns libro, silla and puerta, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Spanish).

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