Why do some words end with an "r" and some with an "n" when being used as a plural?
Does anyone know of a straightforward resource to know whether a noun is neuter or common? Preferably one with a search function of some sort.
The most reliable one is SAOL. Link, but it might move: http://www.svenskaakademien.se/svenska-spraket/svenska-akademiens-ordlista-saol/saol-13-pa-natet/sok-i-ordlistan
Wiktionary is also good. https://sv.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Huvudsida
For more resources, see this thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5723209
I keep getting "vi" and "ni" mixed up because I learned Esperanto first :|
So, THE newspapers would be tidningarna? Are there any rules to forming the plurals/definites, and combining them, or do you just have to remember for each word? ^^'
There are four to six basic patterns, depending on how you count. Each such pattern is called a declension. You can remember the pattern for each noun. :)
is there an easy way to remember the plurals? like "ett" words ending in vowells become -n. e.g. "barnet = barnen". how about the others?
We are reading what? (unless you want to completely ignore tidningar here.)
Nobody ever uses the word newspapers here. It will always be newspaper. It would be said "We read the newspaper". This is literally my first time seeing newspapers, I didn't even know it was a thing until now considering there is no red correction line under it.
Från: West coast of North America
There is really no need for you to go on a lecture about plural usage of 'newspaper' in English. 1) It's translated this way to help people understand the plural forms of Swedish nouns, which is the whole point of this exercise. 2) One could just be browsing through different newspapers, like the Sun, the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald, in a library.
I'm not lecturing, I'm just saying what happens with the use of the word where I am from. Trying reading it without making my voice sound smug in your mind.
Anyway it's usefull to know something new in both languages! I use them both despite I'm from Russia.
We have many different newspapers in the Great Lakes area of the U.S. and on the East coast area of the U.S., also in many different languages.