Indefinite articles

Indefinite articles (“a” or “an”) are used when referring to an unspecified person or object:

una macchina


un amico

uno spettacolo, zaino

We use uno (a/an) before words that start with s + consonant, x, y, z, gn, ps or pn.

Uno spazio, uno zio, uno gnocco, uno studente.

A space, an uncle, a dumpling, a student.

There are no plural indefinite articles because they generally aren't needed, but the plural form of the partitive article (dei, delle, etc., meaning “some” or “any”) is sometimes used.

C'è un fiore nel giardino.

There is a flower in the garden.

Ci sono (dei) fiori nel giardino.

There are (some) flowers in the garden.

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