Hun vs Henne

Why do you say "Hun heter Astrid" and not "Henne heter Astrid"? I thought "hun" was "she" and "henne" was "her"? Is henne only used as the object of a sentence? If I wanted to say "her scarf is blue" would I use hun or henne?

April 6, 2019

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There is an explanation from Deliciae in the sentence discussion:$comment_id=30787406

hun is She, where as Henne is her, now heter is like saying called, so she is called astrid, not her is called astrid

Jeg elsker henne = I love her. Hun er her = she is here.

So in this case «henne» is «her» while «hun» is «she».

It is the Accusative case I believe!?

You've probably already worked it out. Basically, you're right.

-- "Hun" = "she" (subject)

-- "Henne" = "her" (when she is the object)

-- Possessive, "her scarf is blue", you would use "hennes". In other sentences, you would use "sin/si/sitt" if she is the subject of the sentence, like "She drove her car."

One more weird thing worth mentioning... What about copulas? What about a sentence like, "It is I/me" or "The doctor is I/me", or "Who is Gertrude? I am she/her." Do you use object case or subject case here (in English or in Norsk)?

Well, in Norsk, Duolingo exercises seem to suggest object case is preferred. I don't know if subject case is possible.

In English, I think subject case is perceived as more formal/"proper". But object case is probably more common...

Hun = She

Henne = Her

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