"Fuglen har sit lysegrønne æg."
Translation:The bird has its light green egg.
I am a little confused by the ending -nne in the adjective. The notes say that when the noun is definite the article is pre-positioned (as in english) and the adjective is declined as a plural even if it isn't, which would be the case here. But there is no preceding Det before the adjective, but sit (its), then this works for possesives too and any determiner for that matter?
It doesn't work for all determiners (for example it would still be et lysegrønt æg) just ones that act like definites (not sure how linguistically correct that is, but it's how I like to think about it), so it would use the e-form after dette and the possessives, too, for example
denne/dette/disse just mean "this", although you'll also hear den/det/de her
I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere. I do not like lysegrønne æg og skinke. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
So wait, "Det er mit lyseblå æg," (blå remains without -t, because it's preceded with the possessive pronoun), but here "Fuglen har sit lysegrønne æg?" Does the possessive pronoun rule only apply to mit?
The difference here is that "blå" doesn't change between is e-form and standard form, where as "grøn" has an e-form of "grønne"
I am confused about lysegrønne. Æg is a singular -t noun and I thought it should be "Fuglen har sit lysegrønt æg" could anybody explain it for me??
If the noun is a definite one (preceded by den/det/de, denne/dette/disse, min/mit/mine and so on), the adjective is used in its -e form.
So this time is lysegrøn is light green, before it was bright green. Its always so confusing with colors
Despite the comments above, I still don't get it. Why not 'lysegrønt'?
Because the possessive sit causes the noun æg to be definite. It's a certain egg. And definite nouns use the definite adjective form, which is the -e form:
- et grønt æg (neuter form)
- flere grønne æg (plural form)
- det grønne æg (definite form)
- mit grønne æg (definite)
(Plural and definite forms are identical for all but a few adjectives.)