definite/indefinite plural of ett-words
i found two explanations that explain opposite in the plural-section ...
Singular Plural indefinite Plural definite
ett hus hus husen
The ending -en
It's important to remember that the ending -en can be either the indefinite plural of an ett-word, or the definite singular of an en-word! Beware of this common trap for students of Swedish!
armen the arm
husen the houses
the three points: 1) the table above, 2) the explanation and 3) the example do not fit together. I would suggest the text should be ... the ending -en can be either the definite plural of an ett-word...
Thanks for pointing this out. The example at the bottom is wrongly chosen, or there should be 3 examples instead of 2. Ett words ending in a consonant like ett hus have the definite plural husen (and indefinite, hus), but ett words ending in a vowel like ett äpple have plural indefinite äpplen (the definite is äpplena).
I rephrased it like this, hope I got it right:
It's important to remember that the ending -en can be one of three things:
1. the definite singular of an en-word
2. the definite plural of an ett-word ending in a consonant
3. the indefinite plural of an ett word ending in a vowel
Beware of this common trap for students of Swedish!
- armen the arm
- husen the houses
- äpplen apples