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Norwegian Bokmål: Definite forms

Hi, firstly thanks for your involvement with Duolingo Norwegian. And now to the point; the explanation for definite forms is a bit confusing for me.

The definite form, "the man", "the woman", etc. is formed by placing the indefinite article "a/an" or in Norwegian, "en/et" on the end of the word instead of at the beginning. This is called a postfix or a suffix.

Should it read...

"The definite form, "the man", "the woman", etc. is formed by placing the definite' article "en/et/a" on the end of the word instead of at the beginning. This is called a postfix or a suffix.

The indefinite form, "a man", "a woman", etc. is formed by placing the indefinite article "en/et/ei" before the word as it is done using English."

Also, in the second sentence a difference in the usage of feminine nouns is mentioned without any reference to gender of the nouns used in the above paragraph / explanation.

Finally, a mention of singular and plural usage would, I believe, round it out a little more.

December 11, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/StevenWath

It looks like you are referring to the Tips and Notes for the skill "Definite Forms." https://www.duolingo.com/skill/nb/Definite-Forms

The Indefinite article was introduced back in the very first lesson: Basics. It corresponds to the words "a" and "an" in English. In Norwegian there are three depending on the gender of the noun: en, et and ei.

I'm not sure that it makes any sense to talk about a "Definite Article" in Norwegian, at least not in the simple examples given in this skill - Norwegian doesn't quite have a word for "the" the way we do in English. Instead they add the Indefinite article (en, et, ei) to the end of the noun. Feminine nouns behave a little differently in that you can either add "en" or "a." I would guess that the feminine indefinite article "ei" has changed over time to "a" when used this way.

The chart in the Tips and Notes for the skill "Definite Forms" shows this quite clearly.

The Definite Forms skill really only addresses the singular forms and the lessons don't include any plurals. I think including anything about plurals in this skill would only make it more confusing. The use of a postfix to mean "the" is already kind of confusing if you are not familiar with it. There are separate skills to explain the formation of plurals.

December 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Richiedw

Thanks for the clarification

December 11, 2015
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