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There are two kinds of articles in Tundrian: definite and indefinite.


The definite article (Eng. the)

The definite article precedes the noun it qualifies. It has eight different forms, one for each possible combination of gender, number and case. The full paradigm is given below:

  SINGULAR PLURAL
  NOM. ACC. NOM. ACC.
MASC. el lo li los
FEM. la le las

The prepositions a (to, at) and de (of) combine with the article lo to give: al, del.

The definite article is used as in English, except in the following cases:


The indefinite article (Eng. a/an)

In form, the indefinite article in Tundrian is identical, in the singular, to the numeral 'one'. It has plural forms as well, however, which make case distinctions as well (unlike the singular forms). The complete paradigm is as follows:

  SINGULAR PLURAL
  NOM./ACC. NOM. ACC.
MASC. un uni uns, es
FEM. una une unas, es

In the singular the indef. art. is used pretty much as in English: Hoy una qüessoun por lo prêsident (I have a question for the president).

In the plural the indef. art. is used in most cases where English uses no article at all (or uses 'some'), and the meaning is rather indefinite: Uni caini lairavan al soldat quand traversava los villatxos ([Some] dogs would bark at the soldier while he crossed the villages).

The form es is used in the acc. pl. in a way similar to the use of the French partitive article (du, de la, des). E.g.: Hoy invitat es amiycs por celâ seira (I have invited (some) friends for tonight). If uns was used instead of es, the meaning would be more limiting (something like "two or three"): Hoy invitat uns amiycs por celâ seira (I have invited a couple of friends for tonight).




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