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"August, september og oktober"

Translation:August, September, and October

January 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chuck.coon

wow, that was hard


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MirandaFanez

Right? I've noticed that a lot of the monthes are either spelled or pronounced exactly the same as they are in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MirandaFanez

Honestly, the hardest part is remembering to write it in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DieLegende2

Not all too surprising, since most of English's basic vocabulary is Germanic (as opposed to the majority of the remaining vocabulary being Romance)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oogabog

Do Danes not use the Oxford Comma?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dim-ond-dysgwr

Not normally, or at least not to the same extent. This can be seen in the fact that use (or non-use) of the "Oxford" (or serial) comma is often pointed out, in materials directed at Danish learners of English, as a difference between the two languages. Thus "Karlsen, Jespersen, and Eskildsen (2016) write…", for example, is contrasted with "Karlsen, Jespersen og Eskildsen (2016) skriver…". The Oxford/serial comma does appear to be used in Danish, however, before the last of a series of longer phrases, e.g. "Karlsen (2016) arbejdede på grammatikkens metafysik, Jespersen (2016) på en strukturalistisk udlægning af sproget, og Eskildsen (2016) på en teori om semantik".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KyleJDahl

Something that just occurred to me. Could the original translation of 'og' have been 'or'; not necessarily 'and'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dim-ond-dysgwr

I don't think so. Og is cognate with German auch (also), as well as archaic English eke, and has always meant "and".

(The Danish word for "or" -- eller -- is cognate, by the way, with English else.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KyleJDahl

Tak for the insight. It helps me learn knowing the origin of the words.

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