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"A mouse is eating a sandwich."

Translation:En mus spiser en sandwich.

December 11, 2014



How should you know when to use "en" or "et" for "a" and "an" in a sentence ?


"En" and "et" does not correspond to the English articles "a" and "an." Danish nouns have two genders, and the indefinite article ("en" or "et") depends on this. If it is an en-word, then the article "en" is used. If it is an et-word, then the article "et" is used. You have to memorise the gender as you learn the word because there are rules later on which will also depend on their respective genders.

English does not have this, so most learners are thrown off when they start learning the language (at least I was).


So genders of words need to be memorized, i get that. I know a bit of Spanish and that's similar. But which one corresponds to which gender? Et=masculine, and en=feminine, or vice versa?


"En" is called "common gender" (back in the day Danish had feminine and masculine genders, but they merged into the common gender) and "et" is "neuter"


That's what I'd like to know.


Why spiser, not spisser?

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