Neo-Quenya/Article

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Neo-Quenya only has a definite article i and it is unchangeable.

A word in the singular without article is translated with an indefinite article.

`Vj$5 elen "a star";     `B `Vj$5 i elen "the star"
`Vj$5% eleni "stars";     `B `Vj$5% i eleni "the stars"


With the dual number the article is translated as "both":

9ÍDqE1 hyapat "a pair of shoes";     `B 9ÍDqE1 i hyapat "both shoes"


The article isn't used with following words:

  • nouns that have a pronominal ending:
aY`C5Ì# coanya "my house"
  • nouns in the partitive plural:
`Cm#j% aldali "some trees"
t#aTj iG5# macil sina "this sword"
  • proper names:
`C5#6 Anar "the sun"
  • names of peoples:
`Vm#6 Eldar "the Elves"
(but note `B `Vm#6 i eldar is possible when referring to a particular group of elves)
  • when a noun is accompanied by a noun in the genitive case or in the possessive case (or both) it normally shouldn't get the article (for examples see Genitive or Possessive)


The article `B i can also be used as a relative pronoun, but this is treated in the page on Pronouns.



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