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DEN, DET

In the example "Den er gron" why is "den" proper instead of "det"?

November 23, 2019

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"Den er grøn" and "det er grønt" are both grammatically correct. However, "det er grøn" is incorrect, because the adjective "grøn" must take a suffix -t when refering to a neuter noun, as indicated by "det". For similar reasons, "den er grønt" is incorrect. So, if you translate "it" as "den" (common gender) you must translate "green" as "grøn" (common gender form), if you translate "it" as "det" (neuter) you must translate "green" as "grønt". Incidentally, the plural would be "de er grønne".

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