How to use the indefinite article in Zulu

How to use the indefinite article in Zulu

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

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


a house
a son
a girl
a bird
a flower
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The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns in English (a book, a chair, a door etc.). To get started in Zulu, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns incwadi, isihlalo and umnyango (book, chair, door). Once you have learned these nouns, you can then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. This is easy in Zulu, because in Zulu, there is no indefinite article. So the word incwadi can mean book or a book, the word isihlalo can mean chair or a chair and the word umnyango can mean door or a door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Zulu including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Zulu nouns incwadi, isihlalo and umnyango, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Zulu).

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