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"Troldmanden bruger kun magi når det er nødvendigt."

Translation:The wizard only uses magic when it is necessary.

May 8, 2015



About word order...

Could you say: "Troldmanden bruger magi kun når det er nødvendigt"?

[deactivated user]

    No. In declarative main clauses, the clause adverbial comes after the subject + verb.


    And how would sentence The wizard uses only magic... look like?


    Perhaps "... bruger bar magi..." ? I'm not sure. There's a similar discussion in the English-to-Danish thread for the same sentence.


    Thanks, Victor. Do you mean that the adverb "kun" has to follow the verb "bruger" rather than the object "magi"?

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      But just to confuse you a bit further: If we replace the word "magi" with a pronoun, the adverb will have to come after.

      • "Troldmanden bruger kun magi når det er nødvendigt."

      • "Troldmanden bruger det kun når det er nødvendigt."


      Hah! Well, okay, I'm going to think of it as a descending scale of attraction/stickiness to the verb:

      object pronoun (stickiest) -->adverb (less sticky) --> object noun (least sticky).

      Thanks so much!

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