How to use the indefinite article in Vietnamese

How to use the indefinite article in Viet­namese

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

The Viet­namese indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'một' in Vietnamese. Nouns in Vietnamese are usually accompanied by a socalled classifier or measure word. A classifier (or measure word) is a word which accompanies the noun. It is similar to the use in English in phrases like 'a flock of birds' or 'a head of cattle'.

Examples

một cái bàn
a table
một đứa trẻ
a child
một cửa sổ
a window
một chị gái
a sister
một tháng
a month
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Viet­namese

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 Vietnamese, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns quyển sách, cái ghế and cữa ra vào (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are một quyển sách, một cái ghế and một cánh cửa (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 Vietnamese including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Vietnamese nouns quyển sách, cái ghế and cữa ra vào, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Vietnamese).

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