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INDEFINITE. That which is undefined; uncertain.

INDEFINITE, NUMBER. A number which may be increased or diminished at pleasure.
     2. When a corporation is composed of an indefinite number of persons, any number of them consisting of a majority of those present may do any act unless it be otherwise regulated by the charter or by-laws. See Definite number.

LEGACY, INDEFINITE. A bequest of things which are not enumerated or ascertained as to numbers or quantities; as, a bequest by a testator of all his goods, all his stocks in the funds. Lownd. on Leg. 84; Swinb. 485; Amb. 641; 1 P. Wms. 697.

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I.e., determiner D is more natural than determiner D + adjacent indefinite article. According to the criterion of least effort, item (b) in the list of axioms.
In Hungarian, for example, standards of comparison connected with a particle (mint 'as/ like') show variation between the definite and the indefinite article; those bearing an affix (-kent 'as/like') require the bare form, while in possessor positions we find variation between the bare form--as in (17e)--and the indefinite article.
For every one of the Shakespeare plays the percentage of 'an' as indefinite article is higher than for any one of Peele's plays.
It is as ungrammatical to use the singular form (basis) without the indefinite article a pre-modifying it as it is to allow that word (a) to pre-modify the plural form (bases).
2005) are a) via indefinite and definite adjective inflection, b) definite and indefinite pronouns, and c) the numeral jedan 'one' in the function of an indefinite article.
The reason for selecting these language groups is because each language is typologically very different: Spanish has definite and indefinite articles, and uses the definite article for plural and mass nouns in subject and object positions; Turkish only has an indefinite article; Japanese has no articles.
or two is a DNE, the subphrase or two is in construction with the indefinite article an, and not with the phrase an hour, since DNEs must be disjunctions of numerals, not of nonnumeral phrases.
The indefinite article simply indicates an unspecified member of a set, as in He is a cheat, Is this a red wine?, A frown darkened his face.
Of the major determiners in Chinese, demonstratives are developing uses of a definite article, and yi 'one' + classifier has developed uses of an indefinite article, although morphologically and in some cases also functionally they have not yet been full), grammaticalized.
The most frequent noun phrase errors were in the use of articles, particularly the omission of the indefinite article in obligatory contexts, the use of "the" redundantly, omission of the article "the," and redundant use of the articles "a" and "an." Ordinals were used interchangeably, and quantifiers were confused as to their use with count/noncount nouns.