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"I will get a girlfriend."

Translation:Jeg skal nok få en kæreste.

January 29, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kristo-

What is the purpose of 'nok' here?

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/epac-mcl

I think the closest literal translation in English would be: "I will surely get a girl friend"; and in Irish English: "I will get a girl friend, to be sure". The Danish "nok" here is an emphasis meaning "for sure", making Duo's "I will get a girl friend" rather timid.

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RossGee1

If so, then why is it not indicated in the English sentence? Are we to assume that nok must always be used?

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/epac-mcl

Of that I am not sure, but when I read up on Danish grammar, and also ask around my Danish friends, "Jeg skal nok få en kæreste" translates to English as, "I will probably get a girlfriend", and not merely "I will get a girlfriend.

A few other variations are:

"Jeg skal få en kæreste" = "I need to/must get a girlfriend".

"Jeg vil få en kæreste" = "I want to get a girlfriend".

"Jeg ville få en kæreste" = "I would get a girlfriend".

All the above sentences are without "nok".

The following link mentions "nok", and a few other Danish small words which on first sight do not seem to make sense. http://www.speakdanish.dk/en/grammar/small-words.php

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/epac-mcl

Can't one say "veninde"? In English, a girlfriend is not necessarily a sweetheart.

January 29, 2015

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

Veninde is more a female friend rather than your girlfriend. You usually use the word kæreste if you are talking about your girlfriend or boyfriend. It can be both.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/epac-mcl

Thanks Marinia. A very big difference. Just imagine the dirty look one would get, if they presented their "kæreste" as their "veninde", eller "ven".

January 31, 2015

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

Good luck with that man (or woman if she is lesbian)

June 27, 2019
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