Indefinite Article in Spanish Made Easier

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What are indefinite articles?

  • So now we have learned that you have to choose between four Indefinite articles: un, una, unos, unas
  • You select the correct definite article depending on the noun that it follows that can be either masculine or feminine (i.e. their gender)

What we already know?

In order to know what indefinite articles are, we need to do a quick review:

  • Nouns are people, places and things.
  • Adjectives are words that describe nouns. They have a gender and match in number or quantities. They can either be feminine or masculine. Usually nouns that end in -o are masculine and ones that end in -a are feminine. It’s not an absolute rule but a good rule to know.

What is the difference between definite and indefinite articles? 

  • Definite Articles: definite, specific
  • Indefinite Articles: not definite, not specific

Indefinite Articles video lesson

Definite Article

Noun

Feminine or Masculine

Singular or Plural

el

carro

Masculine

Singular

los

carros

Masculine

Plural

la

manzana

Feminine

Singular

las

manzanas

Feminine

Plural

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Indefinite Article

Noun

Feminine or Masculine

Singular or Plural

un

carro

Masculine

Singular

unos

carros

Masculine

Plural

una

manzana

Feminine

Singular

unas

manzanas

Feminine

Plural

DEEP DIVE! What is the focus from this lesson?

We are going to learn how to say the feminine singular and feminine plural and the masculine singular and masculine plural. 

Let’s look at this example together:

Quiero _____ carro.

Quiero

_____

carro.

  

carro is singular and masculine

Quiero

un

carro.

  

carro is singular and masculine

Quiero _____ empanada.

Quiero

_____

empanada.

  

empanada is singular and feminine

Quiero

una

empanada.

  

empanada is singular and feminine

Quiero _____ carros.

Quiero

_____

carros.

  

carros is plural and masculine

Quiero

unos

carros.

  

carros is plural and masculine

Quiero _____ empanadas.

Quiero

_____

empanadas.

  

empanadas is plural and feminine

Quiero

unas

empanadas.

  

empanadas is plural and feminine

What are indefinite articles?

  • So now we have learned that you have to choose between four definite articles: un, una, unos, unas
  • You select the correct definite article depending on the noun that it follows that can be either masculine or feminine (i.e. their gender)

Independent Practice:

Noun

Feminine or Masculine

Singular or Plural

un

una

unos

unas

helado

 

Singular

un

helados

Masculine

  

niña

Feminine

  

niñas

 

Plural

unas

 

What did we learn?

  • How to make nouns singular or plural? If it ends in a vowel add-s. If it ends in a consonant add -es.
  • How to determine if nouns are feminine or masculine? Most that end in -o are masculine. Most that end in -a are feminine. The others have to memorized.
  • How to add indefinite articles to nouns? Basically ‘a, an, some’ in English or a specific item like a car or an empanada. There are four are: un, una, unos, unas

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