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Gender confusion

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Hello, I am new to Norwegian. In the Tips & Tricks of the first lesson, it states that feminine gender is considered masculine gender as well, or something like that. I am familiar with grammatical gender as I have studied Spanish and other Romance languages, but I do not understand what it means to say that the feminine is also the masculine. Does this mean that masculine articles can be used with feminine words? Then "masculine" and "feminine" would have no meaning. Can someone explain this to me, a native English speaker? Thank you.

2 years ago

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In some Germanic languages, Masculine and Feminine are one gender, the Common gender, while Neuter is considered a separate gender. Norwegian, Swedish and Danish have this system, while German distinguishes all three and the Romance languages typically distinguish only Masculine and Feminine.

2 years ago

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Norwegian Bokmål has a mixed system, where the feminine gender is optional. For certain words the singular definite is usually feminine (døra, tida, klokka, hytta), although it's still possible to use the masculine inflection (døren, tiden, klokken, hytten).

Norwegian Nynorsk has a three genders.

2 years ago

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Interesting, I didn't know that. I only dabbled in Norwegian a bit, but stopped to study Swedish. Thank you.

2 years ago
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