Indefinite article – article indéfini


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What's an *indefinite article*?

The French articles un, une, des are indefinite (article indéfini).  In English, they correspond to the singular a, an, and to the plural some, any (or omitted).

An indefinite article refer to a non-specific item within a category. For example:

Je vois un enfant qui joue au parc. I see a child playing in the park. A child --> This could be one child among many others and/or a random child I don't know, hence the non-specificity of the article un.


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Some sentences including some indefinite articles (underlined and in bold for your convenience):

Papa, achète-moi un ballon, s'il-te-plaît. / Dad, please buy me a ball.

Où puis-je trouver un balai? / Where can I find a broom?

Tu as appelé un taxi? / Did you call a cab?

On peut voir des oiseaux dans le ciel. / We can see (some) birds in the sky. 



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