Struggling with Er in Norwegian
So I know er can be are and am. But every now and again my studying takes a left turn and doesn't seem to know where to use er. Any tips or other er words it may be trying to get me to learn?
Unlike a lot of what you'll see in the early days of studying norwegian, 'Er' can actually be easier than in English!
From a simple thing, it is the word for all of 'am, are, is' in English.
In a more specific and complicated explanation: 'Er' is the present-tense form for the verb that denotes the state or identity of something.
Katten er svart. The cat is black.
Han er norsk. He is norwegian.
Vi er venner. We are friends.
Jeg er en mann. I am a man.
Have you read the Tips and Notes for the first lesson?
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As you know the verb 'to be' in English is conjugated as 'am', 'is', and 'are': "I am", "He/She/It is", and "We/You (plural) are". In all these sentences the verb 'to be' is "Er" in Norwegian: "Jeg er", "Han/Hun er", "Vi/Dere er".
Also remember in Norwegian the conjugated verb always occupies the second grammatical position, unless a yes-no question is being asked. For example: Det er ham (It is him); Er det ham? (Is that/it him)