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kvinne

Hey, a bit confused here, what is the difference between dame and kvinne? and which one is correct, en kvinne or ei kvine?

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
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kvinne is a feminine noun (ei kvinne), but in Norwegian all feminine nouns can be written or spoken as if they were masculine nouns, so both "en kvinne" and "ei kvinne" are correct. This also applies for the definite forms: kvinnen and/or kvinna

4 months ago

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Great questions!

Kvinne and dame both mean 'woman' but, as in English, the sense appears to be different. My experience in learning Norwegian suggests 'dame' is used much like 'lady' in English. For example: Hun er ei dame (She is a lady). Or Den gamle damen er veldig sint (That old lady is very angry).

The grammatical gender of 'kvinne' is feminine. All feminine nouns can have either 'ei' or 'en'. So both ei kvinne and en kvinne are correct as is kvinna and kvinnen (the ei and en forms of the definite noun respectively)

Lykke til

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/violabashiri
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Although the words have different origins- dame derives from the Latin word domina while kvinne is Norse- the words are synonyms used more or less interchangeably. Kvinne is a masculine noun, so en kvinne.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OlavMykleb
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Feil; en kvinne er felleskjønn (latin: genus commune)

4 months ago

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vel, på barneskolen lærte vi at ei kvinne var feil :/

4 months ago

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I think 'kvinne' may be a cognate of the word 'queen', and the Danish "pige" for girl may be related to the word 'pixie". Not sure, but it's interesting.

4 months ago
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