In general, the plural form of nouns that end in -or or -ar are common nouns (en nouns).
Also, about three quarters of all nouns are 'en nouns'. That might help to narrow it down a bit. ☺
Unfortunately, it seems to be completely arbitrary. You just need to memorize it.
Yes. It sounds very broken but people usually understand anyway. There can be misunderstandings with plural/singular. Since brev is an ett word, brevet means 'the letter' and breven means 'the letters'. Of course people are likely to misunderstand you if you use the wrong form in cases like this.
Even though I understand that the 'v' is ever so soft at the end of this word, to my ears, it sounds a lot like 'bre(əm)'... (?)
bokstav = alphabetical character (bok = book, stav = rod, in this case it hails from the vertical rods people used to write runes in stone! :) and the verb "att stava" = "to spell" is also related)
brev = mail/post (etymology: a little connected with english "brief" - short message)
Yes, and "bokstavar" also excists as a word - but meaning the rods that were used to print the letters in a book/paper. :-)
Until now Ett brev has been taught for "a letter" the answer shown here is "ett brev" but when I wrote it I was told it had to be "en bokstav". How is that possilbe that the correct translation as seen above is not accepted?
The machine tries to match your input to the closest accepted answer. If you pick the wrong article and type "en brev", it will unfortunately think that the closest answer is en bokstav rather than ett brev. At least this is how it works at the moment.
If you really did type ett brev and didn't have that accepted, there must have been some bug/glitch.
Now I can't remember. I might have typed "en brev" but I would think that it would accept the noun and correct the article. That is interesting how it works. Well, now I'll remember it's "ett brev" and "en bokstav" and that's a good lesson. Thanks for the explanation.
so it doesn't matter what context it's in, it just is the way it is with ett and en?
Yes, it depends on the word, not the context. All nouns are either en or ett nouns. There are some tendencies, but mainly you just have to learn the gender along with each word.
The hints only tell you which words a certain word could be translated into. That does not mean that all the words listed under hints are correct. After all they are just hints, not answers.
Yea, to me it sounds like that too, but I think it's actually the correct pronunciation... Wouldn't know what else it could be.... Waaait, idea: Maybe Google Translate can help. If they pronounce it exactly the same, it's probably the right pronunciation.
The eh/ey is a sort of mix between eh and ey, like eh but with a y sound tucked in there.
Usually b-r-eh-v. Only specific provicial accents use b-r-ey-v (mainly in the southwest).
Wait, doesn't bokstav mean letter as in the alphabet? I was raised speaking Swedish and English, so I learned Swedish verbally, and I've always used bokstav to mean a letter (like a, b, c, etc.)
I think in most cases the En is mostly used classifying living things like man and animal while Ett is mostly used when classifying non living things like letter, books etc
en bokstav is 'a letter' as in A, B, C…
ett brev is 'a letter' as in 'I wrote a nice letter to my mom'
All nouns have a grammatical gender in Swedish. You use en or ett depending on the gender. Just like e.g. ein/eine in German or un/una in Spanish, but they're not masculine/feminine.
Is brev pronounced brem? Cause it sounds a lot like it, I just can't distinguish