"Hun må til byen for å danse."

Translation:She has to go to the city to dance.

November 20, 2015

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When can I omit the verb "gå"?


you can omit the verb if you don't need to specify how you're getting there. If you use then you are specifically walking, not going. In this sense is a bit of a false friend for English speakers.


Kan man bruker "drar" i stedet?


you could also say hun må dra til byen for å danse.


You can say: "Hun må gå til byen for å danse." However, she is not walking, she takes her car, or the bus.

I say: "Jeg har feber. Jeg må gå til legen." (I have a fever. I have to go to the doctor.)

I am not saying: "I have a fever. I have to walk to the doctor."


But we see quite a few examples here in Duo where "gå" is used as "going", but is obvious it is not referring to walking...


but in the same series of exercise, we have a phrase "Månen går rundt jorda."

Is the moon walking around the earth?


Can we say "Hun må til byen å danse" instead?


no. If you want to say "to" in the sense of "in order to" then å by itself is not enough.


If it interests anyone: this usage was common in English in, say, Shakespearean times, and is revived by Tolkien when he wants to sound archaic or timeless, e.g., in the Hobbit song " I must away e'er break of day".


Usually it does, but here it means "before".


That should be "ere," which means "before." "E'er" is always a contraction of "ever"


Maybe Tolkien spoke German (wasn´t he a language ptrofessor?), because we do it the same way ("sie muss in die Stadt zum Tanzen", no go).


He wasn't a language professor in the ordinary sense : he taught Philology and Course 1 of the Oxford degree in English Language and Literature (which he largely created),which specialises in Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and other old or Mediaeval languages (including Old Norse, Mediaeval Welsh, etc )


What's the difference between 'Hun må til byen for å danse' and 'Hun må til byen til å danse'? Is the second sentence allowed?

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