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"Un" is an indefinite article which is often translated as "a", and "arma" is a noun which is often translated as "weapon". Learn more about the difference between "un" and "arma" below.
An indefinite article is a word that indicates that a noun is not specific (e.g. a girl).
1. (singular)
a. a
Había un coche estacionado en la puerta.There was a car parked at the gate.
b. an (before vowel sound)
Tienen una vieja cámara que todavía funciona.They have an old camera which is still working.
2. (plural)
a. some
Compré unos libros muy interesantes.I bought some very interesting books.
Conseguí unas manzanas deliciosas en el mercado.I got some delicious apples at the market.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (weaponry)
a. weapon
Los detectives encontraron el arma homicida.The detectives found the murder weapon.
b. arm
Se implementó más seguridad para que nadie pueda introducir armas al edificio.More security was implemented so no one can bring arms into the building.
2. (military)
a. arm
El arma de infantería avanzó llevando todo tipo de armas.The infantry arm advanced, carrying all kinds of weapons.
3. (means)
a. weapon
La unión es nuestra arma más poderosa.Unity is our most powerful weapon.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (the army)
a. armed services (plural)
Mi padre dedicó toda su vida a las armas.My father devoted his life to the armed services.
b. military
Una carrera en las armas exige lealtad, compromiso y valor.A career in the military requires loyalty, commitment, and bravery.
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