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é in Danish?

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Is that letter used in any Danish words?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Xneb
Xneb
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Idé, én/ét, allé just a couple off the top of my head

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/runem
runem
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It's not a letter in itself. The stress marker, however, is used in some cases to differentiate a word from another word that is spelled the same, or to mark a non-standard stress. For various reasons, this only occurs on the letter e in Danish -- we do love that letter! Some examples:

  • én/ét meaning one (in the sense only one or exactly one or just one) as opposed to a/an. Here there is just extra stress on the entire word.
  • allé, with stress on the last syllable, meaning a boulevard as opposed to alle, with stress on the first syllable, meaning all.
  • Some people also like to add them onto the imperative of loan words from romance languages, but this is a controversial area. Some people hate it, some people hate when it's not there. Examples are at redigere (to edit) becoming redigér (edit!) and at kopiere (to copy) and kopiér (copy!). It can be useful because it avoids confusion with the plural noun: kopier is also the plural of en kopi (a copy).

In ide/idé it is now optional. In some of these you might see the é replaced with ee which is the older spelling of some of these, but I can't guarantee that it will be accepted for all sentences here in this course :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991
Luke_5.1991
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It shows up even in English: résumé, née, exposé

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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Actually it's an issue that it's used in some exercises but there's not a button to write it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/runem
runem
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Your keyboard does not have a key combination to produce it? If not I will suggest that it's added as a button.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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I just learned I can put ALT 0233 to write é but it's hard to remember. It's not that big a deal as the answer is accepted even if one writes e instead of é. It's just that you had buttons for all the other letters not on my keyboard so it would be nice to add for consistency.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/runem
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I'll ask to have it added :)

We didn't think about it because it's not really a letter in itself, just a stress marker on a letter.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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Thanks. They do have the buttons for accents and letters not found in English in the other courses like French, Spanish, German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MantisObscura

In German? I can't think of a single German word that has an accent.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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MantisObscura you are right they are other letters in German not accents. In French and Spanish there are accents.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xneb
Xneb
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You can also press "alt gr" + the "e" key to create the é (if you're using windows and an English keyboard)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/km1
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don't have altgr :( American keyboard

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/runem
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You can emulate it with ctrl+alt :)

That being said, it doesn't work for me when I change to US keyboard layout (on windows). Maybe it's only on UK keyboard.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ecalmar
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Yes in for example "allé" which means a road with trees on both sides.

1 year ago
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