The indefinite article

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The indefinite article

The indefinite article is used when the person/thing is unknown or for general statements.

An der Rezeption steht ein Koffer.

At the reception there is a suitcase.

Eine Fliege isst keinen Salat.

A fly does not eat salad.

Here are the indefinite articles in the nominative case (used to refer to the subject of the sentence):

Artikel Beispiel
maskulin EIN ein Mann
feminin EINE eine Frau
neutrum EIN ein Haus
Plural - Menschen

Note: In the plural there is no indefinite article:

Auf diesem Planeten leben Menschen.

People live on this planet.


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