a little question about grammar

Hello! So I want someone to answer me a question, that has been in my head for a really long time. First of all, English is not my first language so some things that are actually obvious for native English speakers are not necessarily obvious for me ;-) so, what is the difference between "denne fantastiske personen ", "den fantastiske personen " og "fantastiske personen "? these aren´t examples from the course, but I´m pretty sure I´ve heard all of these forms. I´d be really thankful if you helped me!

June 20, 2018


So what you're seeing is a matter of specificity - this is usually described in terms of locality.
Imagine that you are driving with a friend. They suddenly say 'en fantastisk bil!' - which car are they talking about? It could be any. But if they said 'den fantastiske bilen' - perhaps they point at another car on the road. They are talking about a specific car. And if they said 'denne fantastiske bilen' - then they would be specifically talking about the car they are currently in.

The same thing goes with temporal examples - if you are talking about music: en sang (any song), den sangen (a specific song, either heard at a distance or something other than what is currently playing), denne sangen (the music that you are currently listening to)

In the case of 'fantastiske personen' - the most common uses of dropping the 'denne' tend to be set phrases: hele tiden, for example. I would not be entirely surprised if in slang or dialect you could occasionally drop them as well, but it wouldn't strictly speaking be grammatically correct.

June 21, 2018

thank you all :) it's definitely clearer now

June 24, 2018
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