This Spanish Easy Review grammar quiz takes a look at the indefinite articles - a, an and some. In the Spanish Easy Review quiz titled Using the Spanish Definite Article - 'The', you learned that there are four different forms of that word. Those forms were based on the gender of the word and on whether the word was attached to or describing a singular word or a plural word. That made the word 'the' an adjective. This same principle holds true for the indefinite article.
In English, the indefinite articles are a, an and some.
Why are they indefinite? Because they do not speak to anything that is definite. For example, if you were to say 'the boy', you would be referring to is a specific (or definite) person. However, if you were to say 'a boy' or 'some boy', you would not be referring to any one specific person as it could be any person. That makes these words indefinite.
Again, if you were to say 'the apple', you would be referring to a specific thing. On the other hand, if you were to say 'an apple', that would be non-specific or, it would be an indefinite thing. Note, however, that in Spanish the word for 'an' is not used. It only comes up when translating from Spanish to English when describing an object or thing that begins with a vowel in English such as 'an apple'.
Spanish also uses the indefinite articles of 'a' and 'some' interchangeably. In other words, the same Spanish word is used for both. Spanish does, however, use these words in a masculine/feminine manner and a singular/plural manner as follows.
Un - before a masculine noun singular. Example: un hombre (a man / some man)
Una - before a feminine noun singular. Example: una profesora (a teacher / some teacher)
Unos - before a masculine noun plural. Example: unos hermanos (some brothers)
Unas - before a feminine noun plural. Example: unas hermanas (some sisters)
For this quiz you will be looking at ten sentences with an indefinite article capitalized. From the answers given below each sentence, determine which answer is the correct answer that reflects the proper use of the indefinite article. You will have to be familiar with whether the subject/object is masculine or feminine to find the correct answer. If you are ready, then please begin!
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