"Han spiser brødet."

Translation:He eats the bread.

August 25, 2014


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    Is there a way to distinguish "brød" from "brødet" in how they are pronounced? Or would you be able to tell because "Han spiser brød" wouldn't be correct?

    August 25, 2014


    Actually, both would be correct. But if you listen closely to the ending, she ends it in a hard manner, whereas brød (http://www.forvo.com/word/br%C3%B8d/) is much more soft.

    August 25, 2014

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      August 26, 2014


      Why the heck are there two thumbs down on a "thanks!" comment?

      February 4, 2015


      Maybe people hate positivity lmao

      May 25, 2019


      Some time ago a mod on a different forum noted that there was a bot going around that downvoted random comments, so maybe it struck here too?

      June 20, 2019


      "brødet" sounds like "pollt".

      Ok, I get how the "et" is pronounced.

      "brød" is pronounced as "poll"?

      August 30, 2014


      in correct danish it isn't! it's pronounced like 'bröl-l', as I got it, but I might still be mistaken. But I know for sure that it's not pronounced like 'poll'.

      December 13, 2014


      Actually it only sounds like an "L" but is a dental voiced fricatice. The airstream is only being blocked by the glottis. It is called creaky voicing as far as I know. So it's a softer ð.

      August 12, 2017


      I listened like you!

      April 24, 2015

      February 21, 2017


      I heard the same sound :) I still need clarification about it....

      April 7, 2018


      Is brød pronounced a bit like how a vomiting seal might say 'BWULD' ?

      April 30, 2016


      i thought the translation was he eats bread but it was he eats the bread can someone help me understand when to use the and not to. Thanks

      February 19, 2015


      The "-(e)t" behind the word is "the", just like with æble = apple and æblet = the apple. When you put "et" or "en" (I THINK that's dependent on female/male or on vowel/the other type of letter, not sure which, can anyone one elaborate?) Before a word it's "a" or "an".

      February 20, 2015


      There isn't really a rule for when to use en or et, you have to learn it (although I heard that en is the common article for previously male and female words and et is for neutral ones, even though that might not really help with knowing when a word is en or et). In general it's like, you use the article before the word for the indefinite form (f.ex: en kat - a cat; et barn - a child) and use the -(e)n/-(e)t when it's the definite form (f.ex: katten - the cat; barnet - the child). I hope that helped!

      February 20, 2015


      Thank you both :)

      February 20, 2015


      Yes, it seems to be a lot like Norwegian, where you use -et for neuter and -en for masculine and most feminine nouns.

      June 20, 2019


      Is it just me or does brødet sound as if there is an "l" in there when you are speaking it?

      September 9, 2015


      I have officially finally heard the difference between brød and brødet. Forever i could not distinguish the two. But finally my ears attuned to it!!! YAYYYYY.

      May 14, 2018


      'bread' and 'the bread' in danish has become a guessing game. Maybe it is my speakers. It's the only thing I ever get wrong with this repetitive stuff. Ho hum

      December 7, 2015


      Please tell me how can I pronounce brødet in English

      March 6, 2015


      is that how brødet would actually be pronounced by a native danish speaker?

      October 10, 2016


      "He eats bread" vs "He eats the bread" He, eats, and bread are correct. Is there a clear distinction that he is eating a particular bread or just eating a bread in this sentence?

      January 26, 2017


      How would you say he is eating bread rather than the bread?

      January 27, 2017


      Having made it fairly far in Swedish I just started Danish and it seems there are some silent letters which make it hard to hear the different between brød and brødet for example. This will be a challenge. Otherwise I am enjoy the langauge so far.

      August 20, 2017


      Slowly but surely, I'm getting better at hearing the endings of words like brødet. Long way to go, but yay. :)

      April 30, 2018


      how do you know when spiser will be "is eating" and "eats"

      June 3, 2018


      Both are correct.

      November 25, 2018


      In practice it’s mostly clear through context, for example pluralizing the noun and/or using an article to clarify definite vs. indefinite can suggest it’s a habitual action vs. an ongoing one (think et æble vs. æbler) but in general it’s unnecessary to do anything more to make a verb progressive.

      I think, for nonnative speakers who come from a language where the present progressive is common, sometimes it’s hard to give it up. But, as the other poster said, in Danish (and afaik for other Scandinavian languages as well?) it can mean either. There are other, more complicated, ways to construct something similar to the English present progressive — e.g. er ved at — but for the most part you’re probably better off trying to drop the distinction between “ing” and non-“ing” verbs in the context of Danish unless you’re really trying to stress the ongoing nature of whatever you’re talking about. (And even then I think it’s more common to just say that you’re doing the thing right now).

      December 11, 2018


      I think "broed" is pronounced [broedh] (English "that") while "broedet" is pronounced [broet] (like the final 'd' in German) but the difference is so slight I don't really hear it most of the times.

      July 14, 2015


      Are the suffixes "et" and "en" interchangeable? They both mean "the" when they are a suffix..

      September 1, 2015


      How do you properly pronounce "brødet"? I don't know if it's just me but it sounds nothing like what I thought it should sound like.

      October 17, 2015


      Han sbeecer brurthl

      April 10, 2018



      April 27, 2018


      Why it is: "He eats the bread.", and not "He eat the bread."?

      January 12, 2016


      English conjugation means that the verb "eat" always becomes "eats" after the words he or she.

      January 24, 2016


      How do you disinguish "He eats" vs "He is eating"? Are they both "Han spiser"?

      July 20, 2016


      Yes, they are bot "Han spider" There is no continuous in Danish

      July 21, 2016


      Half the times its 'is eating' and the other half the time it is 'eats'

      September 17, 2019
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