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This section of Exploring English describes English indefinite articles.

An indefinite article is a determiner indicating that a reference is nonspecific:

Quasimodo brought his girl a flower.

Words such as 'a', 'an', and 'some' are indefinite articles.

Note: One instructor of English objected to the inclusion of 'some' as an indefinite article here.  Traditionally 'a' and 'an' are given as examples of indefinite articles, so you may want to stick with these two if asked on an exam :-)

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