Indefinite articles in French (Une, un, des): Rules & Examples

Indefinite articles in French: Rules & Examples

Indefinite articles are used to refer to a non-specific noun in a sentence.

In French, there are two indefinite articles: “un” for masculine nouns and “une” for feminine nouns.


  • Un livre (a book)
  • Une voiture (a car)
  • Un chapeau (a hat)
  • Une pomme (an apple)

It is important to note that the indefinite articles can be combined with the noun to form a single word, for example “un livre” becomes “un livre”.

It is also worth mentioning that indefinite articles are used when referring to a non-specific noun for the first time in a sentence.

In subsequent references to the same noun, the definite article “le” or “la” is used.


  • J’ai vu un livre sur la table. (I saw a book on the table)
  • Le livre était intéressant. (The book was interesting)

In conclusion, French indefinite articles are an important aspect of the language and play a crucial role in conveying the meaning of a sentence.

By mastering their usage, French learners can further enhance their ability to effectively communicate in the language.


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