indefinite article

noun

Definition of indefinite article

  1. :  the word a or an used in English to refer to a person or thing that is not identified or specified In “I gave a book to the boy” the word “a” is an indefinite article and the word “the” is a definite article.; also :  a word that has a similar use in another language

What are the definite and indefinite articles?

The most common of all adjectives are the two (or three) articles. An article always comes before the noun it describes and before any other adjectives that also describe the noun. Articles are used to show whether or not the noun refers to a specific person or thing.

The indefinite article is a; it identifies a single, but not specific, person or thing. An is used instead of a whenever the word following it begins with a vowel sound.

Are you going to buy a house?

The smile is a universal sign of pleasure.

It's an honor to have been invited.

I've got an uncle in Miami.

The definite article is the; it is used to refer to identified or specified people or things, both singular and plural.

Will you be painting the house this summer?

He's the uncle I was telling you about.

Please put the dishes away.

Word by Word Definitions

indefiniteplay
  1. :  not definite: such as

    :  typically designating an unidentified, generic, or unfamiliar person or thing

    :  not precise :  vague

articleplay
  1. :  a distinct often numbered section of a writing

    :  a separate clause

    :  a stipulation in a document (such as a contract or a creed)

  1. :  to bind by articles (as of apprenticeship) (see 1article 1c)


INDEFINITE ARTICLE Defined for Kids

indefinite article

noun

Definition of indefinite article for Students

  1. :  either of the articles a or an used to show that the following noun refers to any person or thing of the kind named


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