possessive in Norwegian

I have a problem with the possessive in Norwegian. I dont understand when do you put the mi, min, mitt after the noun and when before. for example Jenta mi/vår vin

January 29, 2017


As far as I've understood you can do both (after or before the noun). The definitive form is more common in colloquial Norwegian, while the other is more formal and puts emphasis on the "owner" (according to the Tips & Notes ;-)). It is explained quite well in the Tips Notes of the possessive lesson.

January 29, 2017

In norwegian bokmål it is now accepted to only use two genders (the feminine is only alternative). So if it makes it easier just use 'min' (masculine) and 'mitt' (neuter).

For example: "jenta mi" = "jenten min". Both are OK.

As for when to put the "min/mitt" before and after the noun: Both work, but in norwegian it is much more common to put it after.

"Mitt hus" = "Huset mitt" "Mitt bilde" = "Bildet mitt" "Min bil" = "Bilen min" "Min båt" = "Båten min"

Like that, very easy actually. :-)

February 8, 2017

I share your pain! I found this explanation helpful though... Lykke til!

May 1, 2017

Hei Sivan! Jervan is right: in standard/formal bokmål (i.e. in the Norwegian we learn in books and grammars) you use possessives after the noun, but you'll find/hear the opposite order in spoken bokmål. I am glad to see that you know that there are three genders although Duolingo ignores the feminine :( Hilsen fra Catalonia!

February 3, 2017
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