https://www.duolingo.com/profile/calcastor

difference between engang, selv, and endda?

November 5, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xneb
Mod

    This exercise has it explained better than I could, with some practice examples, too

    November 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_Marotta

    That link isn't working for me, but I found it here: http://basby.dk/modul1/even00.htm

    April 22, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/calcastor

    Tak!

    November 5, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaneTR

    "engang" = once upon a time

    "en gang" = once, one time, a time

    "selv" = even, -self, -selves

    "endda" = even

    "end da" = than when

    Even - selv or endda

    When it's about the subject or object, use "selv" (e.g. "Selv Thomas sov" meaning "Even Thomas slept")

    When it's about the verb, use "endda" (e.g. "Thomas kunne endda også tale tysk" meaning "Thomas could even speak German")

    Endda or end da

    It's almost never "end da". And when it is "end da", Danes usually take a break between the words in order to avoid misunderstandigs.

    Examples where it actually is end da

    • Han fik flere lektier for nu end da han gik i første klasse (He gets more homework now than when he attended first grade)

    • Pizzaerne er billigere for tiden end da pizzariet åbnede (The pizzas are cheaper at the time than when the pizzeria opened)

    November 7, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xneb
    Mod

      Also to clear things up, I think the original poster was referring to "ikke engang" (not even), which is only used in the negative

      November 7, 2014

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaneTR

      Oh, I see

      "engang" = once upon a time

      "en gang" = once, one time, a time

      "ikke engang" = not even

      "ikke én gang"= not even once, not even one time, not even a time

      November 7, 2014
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