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On Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:33:59 -0800
Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Indefinite subjects definitely don't seem at all awkward to my native
> speaker intuition, or even stylistically notable (like headline text,
> which drops articles and other "small words" whenever possible for
> brevity).

I think there's a difference between types of indefinites, which isn't
encoded in English:
A [indef specific] nice man helped me out.
*A bus [indef non-specific] ran him over.
Polynesian languages would use different articles here.