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vil helst vs. vil heller

Do "vil helst" and "vil heller" mean same(would rather) and are alternatives? In adverb lesson I typed "Jenta vil helst ha iskrem" for "The girl would rather have ice cream", and it was wrong :(

November 23, 2017

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They have different meanings in Norwegian, but "helst" translates poorly.

"Heller" is the comparative form, which translates to "rather". You use it when comparing two or more explicit options: "I would rather do X than X".

"Helst" is the superlative form, which doesn't have a perfect match in English. Essentially, it means "most preferably", but will be translated as "prefers", "preferably" or "rather". You use it when you want to state the option you'd like/prefer the most, without necessarily making a comparison to other options.

"Foretrekker" is the verb that actually means "prefers" in Norwegian.

I checked the sentence you mentioned, and your translation is accepted on our end.


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That's clear! Thank you so much <3


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Bare hyggelig! :)

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