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  5. "Barnet er en gutt."

"Barnet er en gutt."

Translation:The child is a boy.

October 2, 2015



So, when do you use "ei", and when do you use "et", and "en"?


It depends on the grammatical gender of a noun. These have to be memorized.


Thanks! Does it matter if you switch them out?


Saying "et gutt" instead of "en gutt" is like saying "an boy" in English. The genders have to be memorized.


OK. Thanks a lot


Which one goes to which gender?


et = neuter nouns

en = masculine(/feminine)

ei = feminine


Pronounciation question: is the only audible difference between "er" and "har" the vowel sound between [æ] and [a]?


The 'h' is pronounced as well in 'har' :)

But you should learn to distinguish 'æ' and 'a', as they're distinct in Norwegian, and many words differ only by these. her/har, bær/bar, tær/tar, vær/var.

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    Correct IPA pronunciations are below.

    • er - /æɾ/
    • har -/hɑːɾ/

    As you can notice, only the last sound (ɾ) is the same.

    Click here to listen to IPA symbols being pronounced. Follow these links (1 and 2) to hear native speakers pronouncing these two words.


    It sounds like it says Barnet en gutt every time i listen


    When do you say "en gutt" and "gutten?"

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      • en gutt - a boy
      • gutt + en --> gutten - the boy

      In the second example, the definite singular is created by adding the indefinite article at the end of the word itself in the form of a suffix.

      Han er en gutt. - He is a boy.

      (You see a child on a street who happens to be a boy.)

      Gutten spiser et smørbrød. - The boy is eating a sandwich.

      (Marius, who is 8 years old, is eating a sandwich made by his grandma.)

      The usage of indefinite (en, ei, et) and definite (word + -en, -a, -et) forms is similar to "a/an" and "the" in English, meaning that they determine something already familiar/specific (definite) or something vague/general (indefinite).

      Refer back to tips (indefinite articles and definite forms) for more information.


      Meaning while duoling is forcing me to have a baby.....


      Any tips for hearing the difference between "barna" and "barnet"? Or, do i have to rely on the pressense of the indefinite article "en" to know which is said?

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