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Why is indefinite article "un" used in this sentence?

Este es Guillermo, un compañero de la Universidad.

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    Hi !
    "Un " is an INDEFINITE Pronoun, this kind of pronouns indicate people or things inaccurately, in vague form.
    In this case, means William is one of the classmates from the university.
    Others indefinite pronouns are: uno/a, unos/as, algún (some), alguno/a (someone), algo (something), ninguno/a (none), nada (nothing), poco ( a little), mucho (much), demasiado/a (many, a lot, too much), varios/as (several), otro/a (another),etc.
    You can read more about Indefinite Pronouns and other Pronouns in this web site: www.studyspanish.com
    Best wishes
    Sofía.

    Because he is just one of many classmates.

     

    Hi !
    "Un " is an INDEFINITE Pronoun, this kind of pronouns indicate people or things inaccurately, in vague form.
    In this case, means William is one of the classmates from the university.
    Others indefinite pronouns are: uno/a, unos/as, algún (some), alguno/a (someone), algo (something), ninguno/a (none), nada (nothing), poco ( a little), mucho (much), demasiado/a (many, a lot, too much), varios/as (several), otro/a (another),etc.
    You can read more about Indefinite Pronouns and other Pronouns in this web site: www.studyspanish.com
    Best wishes
    Sofía.

     

    Hi !
    "Un " is an INDEFINITE Pronoun, this kind of pronouns indicate people or things inaccurately, in vague form.
    In this case, means William is one of the classmates from the university.
    Others indefinite pronouns are: uno/a, unos/as, algún (some), alguno/a (someone), algo (something), ninguno/a (none), nada (nothing), poco ( a little), mucho (much), demasiado/a (many, a lot, too much), varios/as (several), otro/a (another),etc.
    You can read more about Indefinite Pronouns and other Pronouns in this web site: www.studyspanish.com
    Best wishes
    Sofía.

     

    Just imagine if you say "Este es Guillermo, el compañero de la Universidad" In this case, it means that you don't have any other classmate! When you say "un compañero", it means that you have other classmates as well. A small variation of your example: "Este es Guillermo, el compañero de la Universidad del que te hablé". It means that you haven´t spoken about other classmates. If you had, you should say: "Este es Guillermo, uno de los compañeros de Universidad de los que te hablé".

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