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"Manden spiser et æble."

Translation:The man eats an apple.

August 27, 2014



Is the letter D silent in "Manden"?


Yes, the same goes for the d in "kvinden". They often are, which will take some getting used to.


It sounds to me like there is a glottal stop for the "d."


nah, glottal stops are voiced.


I got it, thank you for the answer :)


I like this language.


Could spiser be translated to "eats" instead of "is eating"?


yeah i'm concerned aboit this one too. How should we know when to translate spiser to "is eating" or "eats".


I guess it's similar to my language... In Portuguese (as it's spoken in Portugal), we never use the "is eating" form. Instead, it's based on context. If I say "Julia eats fruit now", then it's the same as "Julia is eating fruit". If I say "Julia typically eats fruit", then I am just making a general fact.

(By the way, Portuguese does have a "is eating" form, we just never use it in Portugal, but it's used in other countries like Brazil. In Portugal, we use the context, like I guess they do in Danish.)


Sorry, but your comment has surprised me. It was my understanding that European Portuguese used the construction "estar a + infinitive" with the same meaning than Brazilian Portuguese uses "estar + gerund". I mean "ela está a comer" instead of "ela está comendo". If that is true, you do have a difference between "ela come" and "ela está a comer", which is the same difference that the one between "she eats" and "she is eating".


It is the same, there is no difference in Danish (nor Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, etc.) between "eats" and "is eating", so you can use them interchangeably in your translations.


Yes, it is the same thing.


Why is there no -t at the end of æble?


Because when you put -t in the end of æble, it becomes 'the apple', not just an apple.


Ahh, got it. Thanks!


aeble is apple. Et aeble is an apple. Aeblet is the apple.


n woow! hw much languages r u learning


I want to be a hyperpolyglot, and I am just 16. So, I thought, "Why not?"


So you ese ET when the next word start with a vocale..?


vocale is called vowel in English. But, no. Et is used with et-words and en with en-words. Et-words are of neuter gander and en-words of common gender.


Is the tense of 'spiser' similar to the present simple (he eats an apple; in general) or present continuous/progressive (he is eating an apple; right this moment) in English?


In english the first 1 is correct


If I write "aeble" duolingo says I have a typo. Does duolingo not fully-accept "ae" in place of "æ"?This is weird because duolingo accepts "oe" for "ø".


It might be because "oe" is sometimes used in danish instead of "ø", while you would never find "ae" instead of "æ" written anywhere. That's just my guess.


Really? My Danish friend often uses ae in place of æ if that key is not available (she works in Australia with me). Also see this link: https://www.fyidenmark.com/danish-alphabet.html The Danish alphabet is derived from the Indo European languages and is part of the Germanic languages. It using the standard English alphabet plus 3 extra vowels not found in the English language.

They are: å/æ/ø. They can also be written this way or this way☺: aa for å, ae for æ and oe for ø.

But I suppose aa for å is more common as that didn't even become an official part of the Danish alphabet until after WW2.

But no matter. I'll just have to remember to toggle my keyboard to a Danish one when using Duolingo (or writing Danish in general).


Yes, more precisely it means "a".


Do mand and manden sound different?


Yes. "Mand" sounds almost like "man", whereas "manden" sounds more like "man + the beginning of ENcourage" if that makes any sense.


is it definate or indefinate . What indications can tell me the difference


"En mand" means "a man". "Manden" means "the man".


Why it is not accepted the present continuous?


I put "eats" but is " is eating" correct ? Is it the same time in Danish ?


How could i write eable?


Why is 'the man is eating an apple' wrong?

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