Using un, une to say "a" (indefinite articles)

French has two words for a (or an): Un and Une.

Look at these examples:

un tee-shirta t-shirt

une voiturea car

un exemple an example

une aventurean adventure

Notice that unlike English, all nouns (words for things and people) in French are masculine or feminine.

Use Un with masculine nouns.

Use Une with feminine nouns.

Note that un, une also mean one: une maison means a house and one house.
 

Grammar jargon: un, une are indefinite articles (a, an are indefinite articles in English).

 

See how these articles behave in negative sentences:

 Un, une become de or d' in negative sentences (indefinite articles)

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Examples and resources

un fantômea ghost
une voiturea car
une aventurean adventure
un tee-shirta t-shirt
un exemple an example
une fillea girl
un garçona boy
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