Indefinite Article

The indefinite article is used before singular non-specific nouns. The indefinite article is never used with plural and uncountable nouns.

Use a/an in the following cases:

  • The first time you mention or refer to a noun.
  • To mean one
  • To express quantity.

Examples

  1. To be able to orchestrate a standalone Veeam backup server, you must deploy a VAO agent on the server. [first mention]
  2. Create 2 backup jobs and a replication job. [one]
  3. Jobs with a lot / a large amount of metadata may increase the I/O requirements for the configuration database. [quantity]
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