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'o le fale
the (definate article singular)

the house

'o se peni
a (definate article singular)

a pen
"le" is used whenever the the noun is __________ in the mind of the speaker.
"se" is used whenever the noun is _________ in the mind of the speaker.
Note carefully that even though English would sometimes use the indefinate article "a" in some situations, Samoan uses the definate "le"
'O le povi.

It's a cow.
"se" replaces "le" when the indefinate is to be expressed when:
a) referring to one of many:
'Aumai se tusi. -Bring a book

b) when questioning something's existence:
'O se pusi lale? -Is that a cat?

c)expressing negative:
E lē o se pasi. -It's not a bus.
the plural of the indefinate article "se" is _____.
'O se lā'au. (make plural)

It's a tree.
'O ni lā'au.

They are trees.
'Aumai ni falaoa.
Bring some bread.
'O ni 'api lā?
Are those exercise books?
E lē o ni peni.
They aren't pens.
"ni" is sometimes omitted in colloquial speech:

'O foma'i?
E lē o faiā'oga.
Are they doctors?

They aren't teachers.
Sometimes the plural article of se can just be dropped:

'o se ta'avale (a car)
'o ta'avale (cars)