What is the difference between flicka, flickor, flickan? And how do you know when to use ett or en? Is there any trick to know the gender?
en flicka - flickan (a girl - the girl)
flera flickor - flickorna (several girls - the girls)
Unfortunately, there is no rule for when to use "en" and when to use "ett". The en-words a more common though (three or four times I think).
I'm too slow, darn it ;)
Good that we agree at least :)!
About three quarters of words are en words, but it's a matter of memorization. flicka = girl, flickan = the girl, flickor = girls.
Flicka=girl flickor=girls flickan=the girl (i think)
"en" is used for things that have an associated gender, e.g a boy, a girl, and even some other non-living things. "ett" is usually used for things that are gender neutral or 'neuter' like an apple
so words with an 'o' (flickor, hon) are feminine and with an 'a' (polkjar, han) are masculine? or am I seeing a pattern where there is none?
Yes and no, many words that would have been feminine historically end in -a and get plural -or, but they're not feminine anymore, just common gender.
You're seeing a pattern where there is none.
So if the word ends in "ar" or "or then it's plural?
Often, but not necessarily :). You have for example
en bar - flera barer
en professor - flera professorer
Are those examples of words taken from other languages?
eeeeq!!Plurals are hard
Yup. Swedish is awesome because there's no conjugation. Plurals is where you pay for it.
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I am too weak in swedish ..................
The Choose From Three exercise's one of suggested answers was "Flickor bröd killor"
If the saying goes "Boys and girls", is it then Pojkor och Flickar?
Not quite - its "Pojkar och flikor".
For "en" nouns that end in a vowel, there's a quick and easy rule to get the right plural in this case.
If it ends in -a, change it to -or: flicka -> flickor
If it ends in -e, change it to -ar: pojke -> pojkar