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Is there a rule for the gender in Norwegian ?

There are three genders in Norwegian : Et (N) , Ei (F) , En (M) . I wonder is there a rule for them like in Spanish ( Un (M) , Una (F) ) . Can anyone tell me about it in a non-confusing way ?

Ha en god dag og tusen takk .

2 years ago

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All feminine nouns can be treated as masculine, but not the other way around. The majority of words are masculine. Nouns for types of people or animals are usually M/F eg. "en vaktmester" - "a janitor", "en flodhest" - " a hippo". Combined nouns like "skuespiller" - "actor" have the same gender as the last word in the combination, we have "en skuespiller", where "en spiller" - "a player" decides the gender ("et skue" - "a sight").

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991
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Certain endings coincide with certain genders, and you'll notice those more often the more you learn. In general, though, there's no real way of predicting a noun's gender before being exposed to the word.

2 years ago

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No, there aren't

2 years ago