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  5. "Alle fiskene elsker vann."

"Alle fiskene elsker vann."

Translation:All the fish love water.

May 22, 2015


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Like all humans love oxygen.

October 5, 2016


Omg that Iceland on your profile pic, right?

June 11, 2017



November 11, 2017


I'd be a bit concerned if they didn't...

September 23, 2016


Can someone clarify the difference between alle and alt?

May 22, 2015


"Alle" means "all" and "alt" means "everything."

May 22, 2015


Tack luke!

July 30, 2015


Bare hyggelig!

July 30, 2015


Is the verb "elske" actually used in Norwegian for something other than human relationship? Or should it be "like" in use instead here?

May 25, 2015

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Yes, it can.

We're almost more careful about how we use it for humans, as it then can make the distinction between platonic love/like for another person and romantic feelings, or the feelings a mother has for her child.

We do tend to reserve 'elsker' for stronger feelings of love/like, using it more sparingly than an American would do 'love', but this is not specific to animals.

This distinction is also becoming less and less clear among the younger generation - who are strongly influenced by the English language. They 'love/elsker' their new dress or phone just like an American teenage girl would, while this love for objects sounds a bit off to the older generations. All generations can use 'elsker/love' for food and actions as a stronger version of 'liker/like/enjoy'. "I love cake/swimming!", etc.

Seeing as fish can't live without water, using 'elsker' in this sentence sounds perfectly fine to my native ear. I would say that my cat 'elsker/loves' raw salmon or chicken meat, because he goes absolutely crazy over it, but that he 'liker/likes' his regular cat food. :)

May 27, 2015


How do you know? Maybe they hate it...

February 20, 2018


Is this a statement about a specific group of fish? Or is this a generalization about all fish? That is, does it mean "All fish love water"? Or would that be "Alle fisker elsker vann"?

May 31, 2018


Come on, fish! Is it love or dependency?

July 17, 2019


Gee I wonder why

January 28, 2017
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