indefinite article

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indefinite article a determiner (as `a' or `some' in English) that indicates nonspecific reference
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indefinite article (Gram) the word a or an, used with nouns to denote any one of a common or general class.
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Usage

In literature:

Esperanto has no indefinite article for either singular or plural.
"A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Ivy Kellerman Reed
For instance, take the pronunciation of the indefinite article.
"America To-day, Observations and Reflections" by William Archer
The misuse of the indefinite article, which is wanting, in the Indian.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Success should not have the indefinite article.
"Write It Right" by Ambrose Bierce
The indefinite article is used, like the definite article, to limit two or more modified nouns, only one of which is expressed.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The indefinite adjectives, like the indefinite article, leave the meaning unfixed, or, in some degree, vague.
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
Indefinite article more frequent.
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
He had no plural number, and no definite or indefinite articles.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
And what a sensation there would be when they discovered that ARLEYOTA begins and ends with the indefinite article.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, April 14, 1920" by Various
Since Russian lacks both definite and indefinite articles, it is possible that he was calling himself 'a Nipe' or 'the Nipe'.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Has the French language, in its idiomatic structure definite articles and indefinite, as in Latin?
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The Tahaitians have a great number of definite and indefinite articles, and prefixes, which they apply in a peculiar manner.
"A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1" by Otto von Kotzebue
The fallacy consists simply in confusion of the definite with the indefinite article.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
From modern forms like those just quoted, it has been imagined that the definite is merely the indefinite article transposed.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
In the singular alone can there be an indefinite or indeterminate declension without the article.
"Basque Legends" by Wentworth Webster
The design is exactly the same on both sides, and the article when finished will wear almost indefinitely.
"Norway" by Beatrix Jungman
If they follow a name or are preceded by =the indefinite article a=, they need no capital.
"The Magazine Style-Code" by Leigh H. Irvine
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In news:

Le Moyne College's young faculty director, the never-conventional Matt Chiorini, is producing a play titled A Tempest, with the indefinite article.
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