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Den and Det

When do you use either one? Can somebody explain this to me please?

November 22, 2014

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They are the free standing definite articles. Ex. Den svarta bilen (the black car). Here it is den because it needs to match bil, which is an -n word.

Den/Det are also used as pronouns. Ex. Ge mig den! (Give it to me!). Here den/det needs to match the gender of whatever we talk about.

Det is also used as a placeholder in phrases where there is no natural subject. Ex. Det är vackert väder (The weather is beautiful). Always use det in this function.

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingophilic

Den: Definitive article for "en" words (example: en mus)

Det: Definitive article for "ett" words (example: ett äpple)

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Fe2h2o

Now I wish I'd asked the question in the discussion of whichever sentence I had the other day! I had assumed this was the case (den for en, det for ett), and whatever I did was marked wrong, which confused me! I guess I'll have to try and remember which lesson it was and go back and do it again...

November 22, 2014
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