"Jenta vil ha en hest."

Translation:The girl wants a horse.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/czczczczcz
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Is 'girls and horses' going to be a really frequent motif for the rest of the course?

Girls like horses. Girls and horses. The girl wants a horse.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/insertcsaki

....and sheep eat books, and wolves will eat me, too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olletho

Don't forget the bears eating ducks! Or as I typed once in a of giggles the duck eating the bear.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/8KAITO8
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Can "vil" also be used to express future (it sounds like "will" in english)? . I'm curious, because I've translated the sentence to "The girl will have a horse" and Duo said it's correct.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emily.m.harless

You are correct. "Vil ha" means both "wants" and "will have". It's a strange word, but Norwegian has plenty of these. I find myself asking my Norwegian boyfriend about these kinds of things all of the time, and he just says, "Yea, Norwegian is weird." Btw, I answered it the same way, and I got it correct.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abtaggart

Can I use "vil ha" to ask for something after I'm asked what I would like? For instance: Jeg vil ha en øl. Or would this be considered rude?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lanalhama

My husband is Norwegian and he always told me to order something with "vil ha" instead of "skal ha". It's more polite (specially when you also say gjerne) and less definitive since you don't know for sure if they have what you want or not.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/uwername
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I'm not sure, but adding "takk" at then end of the sentence will be safer, just like adding please or thanks at the end of a sentence when you order something.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChioS3
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The girl want a horse... or not??? Haha can anyone explain me? I'm learning from English my first language is Spanish...My idea according previous exercises "vill ha" translate to just ("want") instead ___ > want have a horse ¿? .... But Duolingo... ppl help!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VforVersa
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"Jenta vil ha en hest." Translation: The girl wants a horse.

As far as I understand it, "vil ha" can roughly translate to "wants to have", but "wants" by itself will carry the meaning you need anyway! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska
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If you wrote "the girl want a horse" then it's wrong because there was a typo in your english. the girl wantS a horse :)

I know it's frustrating, but duolingo will count it wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PerritaMal

Hola chio! No me quedó muy clara tu duda, si me la dices en español igual y te pueda ayudar!! Saludos desde México

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ianbewavy96

Does "Jenta vil en hest " work? Or, do you need to to have the word "ha" after the word "vil".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neco_Coneco
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It doesn't work. If you want to say 'I want something (a noun)', you say 'Jeg vil ha noe'. For wanting to do something, 'Jeg vil (verb infinitive)'.

I want meat -- Jeg vil ha kjøtt.

I want to eat meat. -- Jeg vil spise kjøtt.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska
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Can someone please explain to me what the difference between "ha" and "har" is???? thank you !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnaSrsh
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"Har" is the present of the verb "å ha" (infinitive). You use "ha" if: it is next to an auxiliary verb (like "vil", "skal", "kan") or any other verb or if you are using it in imperative.

Examples:

Jeg vil ha - I will have/I want to have Jeg kan ha - I can have Jeg har - I have Ha de (bra) - Have it (good) = (good)bye

(I'm not a native, but I'm pretty sure this is the difference)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ms_World
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No, one would never say 'an horse'. One would say 'an habitual occurrence', 'an historical text' and 'an heroic effort', however (but 'a habit', 'a history lesson' and 'a hero'). If you try saying 'a habitual' versus 'an habitual' etc., you will hear that the former sounds strained and awkward.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vidrik
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"Vil ha" = "want" literally "want have" . "Jeg skal ha..." = "I will have..." literally "I shall have..."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiladTi
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i'm just curious- what's the meaning of "vil" and "ha" as stand alone words?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/uwername
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>>I am not Norwegian.<< I assume "vil" means wants, "ha" means have but "ha" is the infinitive form for "har". "Vil ha" may literally be -- wants to have. So, wants a horse and wants to have a horse have similar meaning then..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WoutJan
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So I am not entirely sure since I am Dutch and not Norwegian, but we have the same thing in Dutch. In Dutch it is "wil ... hebben" (vil ... ha). Literally translated that would be "want ... have".

If I am wrong, please correct me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NunoCardoso

an horse is also valid.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ASkilletFan

I don't think that 'an horse' is proper English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nmatcov
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"an" can only be used when followed by a word that begins with a vowel in English. What makes it complex is that words like "hour" and "honor" take "an" instead of "a", because the "h" is silent at the beginning of those words (as well as some others). The "h" in horse is pronounced, however, so it is "a horse".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickGehman

True, although in another exercise the program marked "an historic day" as having a typo, when "an historic" is quite proper.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AKicsiMacska
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I don't think it is unless you speak some weird dialect where historic is pronounced "istoric"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaredscottbell

It actually is proper. In English the actual letter is not what is important for the word following the a or an, it is the SOUND of the word.

Historically, the sounds of the pronunciation of the word historic has been sufficient enough to warrant the AN. Either choice is correct. However, this is not the same for the horse.

1 year ago
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