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Italian indefinite articles


Italian indefinite articles

Indefinite articles, like definite articles, are usually placed before a noun, like this:


un albero – a tree

una lasagna – a lasagna

un’arancia – an orange

un orologio – a watch


Even if you think they are a plus, not using them is wrong and impoverishes our beautiful language. The indefinite article is used only in the singular, for the plural we will have to appeal to the partitive articles (gods, etc) or the adjective “some / some”.

The indefinite article indicates a generic or indefinite thing, which is considered as not yet known, in reference to something or someone introduced in the sentence as a new element.

For example:

“ho visto una ragazza bionda. La ragazza aveva un cane”.

“I saw a blonde girl. The girl had a dog”.

The first article “una”, tells us about an unknown girl and never mentioned before, in this discussion. The next “la” specifies instead that we are talking about that girl, the blonde one just mentioned.

It is also used with an element that is part of a category of people, animals, objects, concepts.

For example:

“Una persona ha telefonato in ufficio”

“A person called the office”

“Hai avuto una bella idea!”

“You had a great idea!”

Indefinite articles agree with the gender of the noun as well as some small details. Let’s see them.


Italian indefinite articles: exercises in pdf














It is used in front of female nouns starting with a consonant:


una bicicletta – a bicycle

una suola – a sole

una ragazza – a girl

una giostra – a carousel

una palla – a ball




Pay attention to the apostrophe (‘), please! It is used in front of female nouns that start with a vowel:


un’altalena – a swing

un’oca – a goose

un’amica – a friend

un’elica – a propeller

un’ora – one hour




It is used in front of masculine nouns starting with a consonant or vowel, like this:


Un libro – a book

Un orologio – a clock

Un video – a video

Un tavolo – a table

Un acino d’uva – a grape





Used in front of masculine nouns starting with s + consonant, z, x, y, gn, ps, sp


Uno spaghetto – a spaghetti

Uno sciocco – a fool

Uno scialle – a shawl

Uno scuolabus – a school bus

Uno specchio – a mirror

Uno zaino – a shoolbag

Uno zuccherino – a sugar one

Uno xilofono – a xylophone

Uno yogurt – a yogurt

Uno gnomo – a gnome

Uno psicologo – a psychologist


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