indefinite article


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indefinite article

n.
An article, such as English a or an, that does not fix the identity of the noun modified.

indefinite article

n
(Grammar) grammar a determiner that expresses nonspecificity of reference, such as a, an, or some. Compare definite article

indef′inite ar′ticle


n.
an article, as English a or an, that denotes class membership of the noun it modifies without particularizing it.

indefinite article

An article such as “a” or “an” that does not specify the noun that it modifies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indefinite article - a determiner (as `a' or `some' in English) that indicates nonspecific reference
article - (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
Translations
أداة غَيْر مُعَرِّفَه، أداة تَنْكير
člen neurčitýneurčitý člen
ubestemt artikel
epämääräinen artikkeli
határozatlan névelõhatározatlan névelő
óákveðinn greiniróákveîinn greinir
artigo indefinido
nedoločni člen
belgisiz harfi tarif

indefinite article

n (Gram) → unbestimmter Artikel

indefinite article

n (Gram) the indefinite articlel'articolo indeterminativo

indefinite

(inˈdefinit) adjective
1. not fixed or exact; without clearly marked outlines or limits. She invited her mother to stay for an indefinite length of time.
2. vague; uncertain. His plans are indefinite at the moment.
inˈdefiniteness noun
inˈdefinitely adverb
for an indefinite period of time. The match was postponed indefinitely.
indefinite article the name given to the words a and an
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the indefinite article has a special grammatical function in constructions like A happy Franklin D.
Of the major determiners in Chinese, demonstratives are developing uses of a definite article, and yi 'one' + classifier has developed uses of an indefinite article, although morphologically and in some cases also functionally they have not yet been full), grammaticalized.
He replied that the enquirer had not appreciated the significance of the indefinite article.
narrowed her focus here to indefinite noun phrases with the indefinite article and their plural forms.
However, this referentiality is not only a property of the definite article but also of the indefinite article.
For increased and improved semantic coverage and references, compare PED and DOP on eka, usually translated "one" but used as often as an adjective or indefinite article as a numeral.
The global distribution of determiners in our corpus in Table 1 below, shows that the zero article is the most common determiner, distantly followed by the indefinite article, quantifiers and the definite article.
Initially I had felt very sorry for whoever had been given the task of explaining the indefinite article 'a' but the definition given seems to be quite simple and completely apt.
1 Indefinite article (3); 2 Within, indoors (6); 3 Tracts of land used jointly (7).
Acute spelling awareness precedes before the indefinite article an is spoken before the word opinion, or indefinite article a is articulated before the word long.
The 16 papers explore such aspects of Slavic languages as the interplay of feature inheritance and information structure in Polish inverse copular sentences, a semantic analysis of Czech kind-denoting and group-denoting noun phrases, the rise of the indefinite article edin in Bulgarian, the syntax and semantics of directional axial expressions in Russian, trochaic lengthening in Neostokavian, the semantic compatibility of two Czech temporal adjuncts, and naturally-atomic singular noun-adjective construction kinds in Russian as lexically derived.
It's claimed that his use of the indefinite article "ein" means that "Berliner" translates as "jelly doughnut".