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Need some help with the definition of "gang"

Heya there fellow learners,

I just got an ordered list with the 6000 most frequently used Norwegian words. It's been very useful in prioritizing which words I want to learn first, however I've run into a problem with defining one of the words.

According to the list, the 83rd most used word in Norwegian is the noun:

"en gang"

it then translates this word to English with the following definition:

"gait, going, movement, course".

This doesn't really clarify what the word means to me. I am also unable to narrow down what "gang" means with the use of online dictionaries, which seems strange to me if it really is a word that is used so frequently.

Do any of you know what this word means or whether it's a typo that's causing the confusion?

May 26, 2018

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/OlavMykleb

"en gang" can also mean "once".

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah815864

I think “going” is the most literal translation of “gang”. As Olav pointed out, “en gang” means once or “one going”. “En gang til” means “one more time” or “one more going”. “Gangvei” means “gangway” or “going way”. Hope this helps you think about “gang”. As you learn more Norsk you’ll become comfortable with the word and how it is used.

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OlavMykleb

"En gang" does not mean going, movement. That is "en gangE". (noun)

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OlavMykleb

En gang can also be an entry or a corridor. (A noun)

May 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BenConway6

Gang can have a few meanings. It can mean 'time' as in an occurence or occasion of something hapening. Denne gangen - this time. But it doesn't mean 'time' as the abstract concept; that's 'tid' in Norwegian.

Gang can also mean doorway in compound words, as in inngang - entrance, utgang - exit.

Used with the preposition 'i', 'i gang' means 'in operation', 'in effect', 'has begun', 'is underway'.

I'm not a native Norwegian, so if I'm wrong, please somebody correct me.

May 28, 2018
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