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"Er han ikke berømt?"

Translation:Is he not famous?

October 22, 2015



some words really sound like german : ) and i find them very often. can you tell me (if there is statistics or something like that) approximately what percentage of the language consists of such words?


I found someone claiming that ~15% of our loanwords were from Low German. No proper source given, but it does sound like a reasonable amount.

Of course, many similar words have a shared root, rather than having been introduced to the language via German.


This word in German is "berühmt" :)

Many words that begin with be- are typically German loan words, especially when dealing with verbs. Take English "befriend," "behold," and "beneath," for example. In English, and I assume other Germanic languages (it may vary by language), it usually has the sense of "around" or "throughout." Exceptionally thorough examples at Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/be-#English

You can also take a look at this Wiktionary section to learn a bit more, and find out about the Swedish language reform in the 19th century regarding the prefix in certain words: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/be-#Swedish


If you were answering this, could you say "Jo, Han er berømt"?


Wait... is yes Jo or Ja?


When answering "yes" to a negative question, such as the above, we use "jo".

In any other context, "yes" translates to "ja".


So if we were to answer with Ja instead of Jo, would that imply that, yes, he was NOT famous? Or is it just simply wrong?


We can't translate this as "He isn't famous?"


Nei, fordi dette er et spørsmål.


No, it's asking the question "is he not famous?", not making the statement that he isn't


Kan dette ordet brukes i flertall? Hvilken preposisjon utfyller det? Ser vi, for eksempel, ''De er berømt(e) for/av... å gjøre noe?''


You could say "De er berømte for..." :)

Another example: "Sverdene er berømte" - The swords are famous


Hvorfor vi bruker berøm(t) her ?.


"Berømt" er ordet for alle kjønn. Det kommer fra det tyske "berühmt", tror jeg.

Hvorfor bruker vi "berømt" her?


Ja. For flertall og bestemt form bruker vi berømte.


Would this be used to ask if someone isn't famous? or as a kind of rhetorical question to confirm that he is famous?


I entered "He isn't famous?" would this not translate?

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