Is anyone else having trouble telling the difference between man and mann. I know the spelling is different but the pronunciation sounds exactly the same to me.
The pronunciation is the same. It just depends on the context if you are about a specific man (mann) or man in terms of mankind/human (man).
This is obviously a BE/AE thing. As someone with British English as mother tongue, I find the translation "One needs food and drink" to be perfect. If I were talking to someone, I might well say "You need food and drink" instead, but if I were writing it down, I would consider it as somewhat uneducated to use anything other than "one". To me, there is nothing archaic about it.
In any case, I'm pretty sure that "drinks" rather than "drink" would sound wrong to a Brit, not just to me.
There are two versions of the noun: "drikk" and "drikke".
When referring to "food and drink" as one unit, the idiomatic translation is "mat og drikke".
Is using "one" in this context as archaic here as it is in english? I would only ever use this kind of phrasing in something like a formal essay, and never in speech unless I was joking
No, it's pretty common in Norwegian. We have two words "En" and "Man" which mean "one" in English.
"You need food and drinks" would also be a good translation right? i'll report it now.
Is there a fluent Norwegian here who can explain us the concept of the word "Man" since it sounds a little odd for all of us. Tusen takk :)
Don't take my word for it, but I suspect it's identical or at least very similar in usage to the German indefinite pronoun "man", e.g. "man muss bezahlen", or in this case "man braucht das Essen und das Getränk".
You don't specify WHO needs to eat and drink. To copy from Wikipedia, "An indefinite pronoun is a pronoun that refers to non-specific beings, objects, or places."
Im not fluent norwegian but we have similar word in my language so I thought it was pretty normal idk why everyone got confused. Man is like people in general. Like when someone asks u if they can do sth thats pretty weird. You're like one doesnt do that/nobody does that. Its like people in general dont do that. Hope u understood
If that's true that would make 'man' sounds much more natural. Any native who knows a little bit of french reading this?
Always too late hahaha but yeah, we would translate it by the pronoun "on" (which is actually used in a casual register, not in a formal one).
There is no difference in meaning, but "man" can only be used as a subject while "en" is more flexible.