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Articles are really tricky subject in English grammar. Can you explain why using an article with a plural noun in the following sentence?

These are just a few ideas.

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The article 'a' is not related to the noun ideas here, it is a part of the idiomatic expression 'a few' (= several) which governs the noun 'ideas'. Consider 'a few' working like 'several' or '(is just) a small bunch of'.

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