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


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

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...

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!?

Hun = She

Henne = Her

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