"Hva ser du?"

Translation:What do you see?

November 18, 2015



what do your elf eyes see?

March 12, 2017


They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!

September 25, 2017


I've seen natives using "ser" as "watching"

Like "Jeg ser Youtube"

Is that possible?

November 27, 2015

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To me it comes off as sloppy language at best, and confusing at worst.
It requires a lot of context to make sense, and thus would not work in this sentence.

Settings where it's passable to omit the "på" from "se på":

"Hun ser aldri (på) nyheter."
"She never watches the news."

"Han sovner alltid når han ser (på) TV."
"He always falls a sleep when watching TV."

In both cases it's no longer a description of a single occurrence, but treated more like a phrasal verb describing a habitual action. And the second example still grates me a little. ;)

Bottom line: You're safer to avoid it, especially in writing.

January 8, 2016


can we say:what are you watching?also

March 12, 2016

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That would be the translation of "Hva ser du ?".

March 12, 2016


Hahhah great... "du pa" in Polish means butt/ass. I will remember that one

August 1, 2019


Hva sier dur? |what do you say?

January 17, 2017

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"Hva sier du?", yes.

January 3, 2019


Does "What do you see?" and "What are you seeing?" has different translations?

July 5, 2017

[deactivated user]

    There is only one present tense in Norwegian which can be translated, depending on the context, as Present Continuous (is seeing) or Present Simple (see[s]).

    However, some sentences sound silly in Present Continuous. For example, En jente liker en gutt would sound silly if translated as "A girl is liking a boy". The same applies to Jeg ser ei jente which could mean you're dating a girl when translated as "I'm seeing a girl" but it actually doesn't carry this meaning in Norwegian.

    May 15, 2019


    So when translating does "do" automatically puts itself infront of "ser"? Because when I first did it I thought it said "What see you"

    October 20, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      Note that there isn't an auxiliary verb ("to do") in Norwegian present tense that you have to use to make questions or negate something ("Do you have..."/"You don't have...") but you do need to include it when translating to English, otherwise the sentence won't make sense.

      Hva ser du? --> What + see + you? [literal] --> What do you see? [grammatically correct]

      May 15, 2019
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