Using un, una to say a/an (singular indefinite articles)

Look at these examples.

Ana compra una planta.
Ana buys a plant.

Eso es un paraguas.
That is an umbrella.

Es un excelente actor.
He is an excellent actor.

¡Tengo una idea!
I have an idea!

Note that to express a/an + [singular noun] in Spanish, you use either un or una, depending on the gender of the noun it refers to, as follows:

una for feminine singular nouns
un for masculine singular nouns

You can never use uno, instead of un.

Tengo uno coche.

Tengo un coche.

Uno is not an article, but the actual number one, and it works as a pronoun. See also Using numbers as pronouns.
It is important to remember that in Spanish, like in all Latin languages, every noun is either masculine or feminine.
and Using los or las to say the (plural definite articles)

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Examples and resources

¡Tengo una idea!
I have an idea!


Eso es un paraguas.
That is an umbrella.


Ana compra una planta.
Ana buys a plant.


Es un excelente actor.
He is an excellent actor.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 4 answers

Is it okay to say Está un excelente actor?

Asked 4 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hola Undrea

No. We use verb ser to talk about what someone does for a living/profession, so it should be:

"Es un excelente actor"

Saludos

 

¡Gracias!

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Asked 4 months ago

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So if I want to say that I only drive ONE car I would say Solo conduzco UNO coche?

Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star
¡Hola Carole! As the lesson says, we can never use "uno" in front of a noun, because in Spanish "uno" is always used as a pronoun. I have added an example to the lesson so that this is more clear, and you can also find a link to a lesson with numbers used as pronouns. I hope this helps you to understand better. ¡Gracias! Silvia.

So if I want to say that I only drive ONE car I would say Solo conduzco UNO coche?

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ho do i get better

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star
What do you mean Dianna?

ho do i get better

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