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"He uses a razor, not an electric shaver."

Translation:Han bruker barberhøvel, ikke barbermaskin.

August 15, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WardLee

Why aren't there any indefinite articles in the Norwegian version?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TnRiedel

Is there a general rule, when indefinite articles can be dropped? "ikke en barbarmaskin" was accepted, but I am still confused when the indefinite article is mandatory. Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
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Another translation provided is: "Han bruker høvel, ei barbermaskin."

Maybe I don't see the obvious, but where is the not in "ei barbermaskin"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raans
  • 2929

That makes sense now (and I didn't see the obvious). Somehow, I was focusing on ei as the feminine version of en (although maskin is masculine). Tusen takk!

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