How to use the indefinite article in Yoruba

How to use the indefinite article in Yoruba

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

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


omokùnrin kàn
a boy
esin kàn
a horse
omobìnrin kàn
a girl
aja kàn
a dog
ibusun kàn
a bed
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Yoruba

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

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