Indefinite article

Indefiniteness is expressed by adding i (yi after vowels) after the noun phrase (noun + adjective). English doesn't have an exact equivalent for Persian's plural indefinite form. It is often translated as «some» or «a few» or is simply omitted:

singularplural
mâshin-i — a car, any carmâshinhâ-yi — some cars
chiz-i — something, anythingchizhâ-yi — some things
kas-i — somebody, anybodykasân-i — some people

Examples

NOTE In written Persian, the indefinite article can come right after the noun taking the place of genitive preposition (e). This structure is mainly used when the adjective of a noun phrase ends in «-i»: