"Det er i aften."

Translation:It is tonight.

January 2, 2015

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Why is "It is in the evening" wrong? -IS- it wrong?


I don't seem to be able to differentiate between 'det' and 'de' as the speaker pronounces it. Does anyone else have this problem?


    Pronunciation of "det"
    Slightly less clear, but pronunciation of "de"

    The "t" in "det" is silent, and the vowel short, kind of like "deh" or like the English "day" but with a much shorter vowel sound
    "De" is pronounced like it should be written "Di" in Danish, with an "ee" sound, like the name of the letter D in English, but with more pressure on the vowel. Sorry if this isn't clear, but that's the best way I can describe it. The voice can make the words flow into one another sometimes, which isn't necessarily wrong, but it probably does make it harder to hear the individual words properly while learning.


    Thank you for that. I will either have to listen harder, or get better headphones!


    yeah I have this problem too


    Why is "It is evening" incorrect? Does "i aften" specifically mean "this evening"?


    Yes it does. Your sentence would be 'det er aften'.


    Why is it not "it is in the evening"?


    Came here asking myself the same thing. I assume it's something they accidentally left out, in all the dictionaries I checked aften can mean both evening and night, generally anything between 18 and 24.


    Is this really a good translation?


    Yep. "I" can sometimes be used to mean "this" when talking about time.

    Here are some examples:

    I dag (today)

    I morges (the morning of today, or last morning if said during the morning)

    I morgen (tomorrow)

    I overmorgen (day after tomorrow)

    I går (yesterday)

    I foregårs (day before yesterday)

    I år (this year)

    I aften (this evening/tonight)

    I nat (this night/tonight)

    However, this construction does not work with other words like: Måned (month) or Uge (week).


    How would you say "this morning?"


    Could this only mean "this evening" or could it also mean "the evening of the day we already determined it was on"?

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