Am I the only who can't understand how the endings change in adjectives in Norwegian? We have a neutral indefinite form here, why is it "vanlig" instead of "vanligt"? There is no single masculine word here in this sentence. And please if you could explain it like to 10 year old child :D I really have problems with understanding that part xD
It is normally the case that there's a "t" at the end - en fin bil, et fint hus"
But this rule - as all rules - has exceptions. Endings with "ig" is one of them, when the definite and indefinite sigulars are the same (en/ei/et vanlig, koselig, viktig) and only the plural form changes (to vanlige, koselige, viktige).
Same for adjectives that finish with "ik"
So this is situation with -t at the end but we just don't put it because of -ig ending. Ok, this is great, thank you very much, I understand :D I just thought that for some magic reason we don't treat this one as neutral :D
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Whenever you learn it, make sure that I can learn it too. Sometimes I'm just taking a wild stab at which of the words goes where. The whole gender thing is simply non-intuitive to me.
:D No worries, I will write here when I figure it out. Gender thing is kind of natural for me because I am native polish speaker and we have genders there. Here it is just that rules apply sometimes to genders and sometimes not :D
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How would I say extraordinary apple? Or in what context I can eat ordinary apple?
You would say et uvanlig eple I guess The eple can be vanlig if there are for example some very big apples and you eat an ordinary one
Duo tells me 'an usual apple' is wrong My english teacher always told me 'a usual apple' is wrong...
"Usual" begins with a consonant sound, and should thus be preceded by "a" rather than "an".
That's probably wrong because of the word "usual", which sounds even weirder than the word "normal" in this context... "A" is used before words that begin with a consonant (b,c,d,f...) and also before words that begin with a consonant that is pronounced like a vowel, for example A university (because it's pronounced like juni...). "An" is used for the words beginning with vowels (a,e,i,o,u), for example an apple :).
You would use "an" with "unusual," but "a" with "usual." Look, it doesn't make much sense to (this) native speaker either.
Vanlig is one of those half-remembered adjectives, but it clicked with this sentence. It is near in sound to vanilla, often used to describe something rather ordinary!
That's a good association, thanks. I think it would also help if they allowed "plain" as a translation, which is more likely to be used in describing an apple
Does "enkel" and "vanlig" have the same meaning? Both "a simple apple" and "a normal apple" are equivalent in english, but is there a distinction in norwegian? Thanks
As opposed to a magical interdimensional apple breaking the laws of time and space?