How to use Italian Indefinite Articles

Conquering those tricky “Uno” and “Una”: A Beginner’s Guide to Italian Indefinite Articles

These little words provide a first introduction to anything. Let’s say you are pointing at any cat you see on the street. You would say, “Look at a cat!” in English. In Italian, you would use the indefinite article.

How to use Italian Indefinite Articles
How to use Italian Indefinite Articles

The group: Un, Uno, Una, Un’.

It’s much easier with the “articoli indeterminativi” since they don’t have plural and only feminine nouns use the apostrophe, Italian uses four indefinite articles based on the noun’s gender (masculine or feminine) and first letter:

  • Un:
    This article is the most common and is used before masculine singular nouns beginning with a consonant. Think about “un libro” (a book).
  • Uno:
    This one can be utilized when a masculine singular noun begins with a vowel (a, e, i, o, or u), a complex consonant sound (like “pn” in “pneumatico”), or the letters x, y, or z.
    For example, you might say “uno studente” (a student) or “uno psicologo” (a psychologist).
  • Una:
    This gorgeous lady is used before feminine singular nouns beginning with consonants. Imagine presenting oneself as “Sono una ragazza italiana” (I am an Italian girl).
  • Un’:
    This one appears before feminine singular nouns starting with vowels. See the apostrophe? It allows us to pronounce the word easily, as in “un’amica” (a friend).

How to use Italian Indefinite Articles

How to use Italian Indefinite Articles


  • Never use the apostrophe with UN, masculine.
  • There are no indefinite articles for plural nouns in Italian. You’ll use partitive articles (di, del, della, etc.) to talk about some of something, but that’s a story for another day!

Deciding between definite and indefinite articles

Indefinite articles refer to undefined things, limited amounts or things you don’t know.

  • Indefinite article ➤ anything that is not already known to us and is not specific. Something or someone not defined.

Prendo un treno domani mattina. (I’m taking a train tomorrow morning.)

Marco, ho visto un gatto in giardino. (Marco, I saw a cat in the garden.)

  • Definite article ➤ anything that is already known to us and is specific.

Prendo il treno alle 16. (I take the train at 4 pm.) ➤ (It’s that specific train, not any other one.)

Marco, hai visto il gatto? (Marco, have you seen the cat?) ➤ (that specific cat, my cat)

Practice Makes Perfect.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to practice!
Include indefinite articles in your daily Italian talks.
Don’t be afraid to utilize them when getting coffee at a café or conversing with friends who speak Italian.
The more you practice, the more natural it will seem.

How to use Italian Indefinite Articles

Don’t miss out on this chance to improve your understanding of Italian indefinite articles! The tasks on this page will help you become proficient. These assignments will automatically increase your comprehension and fluency in partitive articles.

Take on the challenge, engage in the activities, and watch your Italian confidence develop with each completed workout. Remember that practice makes perfect, so take advantage of this opportunity to hone your skills and improve your language talents. Good luck!


The greatest method to learn these indefinite articles is to use them!

It’s not so scary after all! With a little practice, you’ll be mastering Italian indefinite articles in no time. Now, get out there and win those talks using Italian articles perfectly!

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Congratulations, you are well on your way to knowing Italian indefinite articles! Continue practising, remain interested, and do not be scared to make mistakes. Learning a language is all about the journey.

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