Det means "that" "there" and "it" according to the given meanings. Question is, How to know what meaning is intended?
It depends on what the speaker was doing, while saying the phrase, like if he/she pointed to something then he could say that. I think.
"Det" is a one-syllable word with a silent "t".
"Dette" is a two-syllable word, and "tt" is pronounced.
I believe "Is this a boy?" = "Er dette en gutt?" Please correct me if I'm wrong.
At full/normal speed the first word sounds like "dah" while the slow/turtle speed it is "deh or 'day' ". 24Dec18.
You decided to trust your ears and it was the right choice.
It seems the ending of the word det
/ə/ was cut off and
/æ/ in er was duplicated and used instead, so we ended up with
Correct IPA pronunciation is
/də æ:ɾ ən gʉtː/.
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On normal speed "Det er en gutt" sounds more like "Hva er en gutt". It's only me?