"Jeg liker ikke salter."

Translation:I do not like salts.

May 27, 2015

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I'll be sure to use that sentence if I want to express my dislike of ionic compounds.


In English one would not say salts, but salt.


Ditto for Norwegian. Just 'salt' is regular table salt, but 'salter' is used in chemistry to refer to a whole bunch of compounds. Just like 'salts' is in English.

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The sentence is a bit strange, but correct, in order to teach the plural.


While this is true, I have yet to come across a sentence using the word 'salter' that translated it into 'salt'. If one were to intend to use the word 'salt' as plural, meaning more than one grain rather than more than one type, would they use 'salt', or 'salter'? At this point I'm rather confused as to what defines plural in terms of the word 'salt'.


salter is when different types of salt are being discussed. salt alone would be talking about multiple grains of the same type of salt, or when referring to a specific type of salt.

"There are many salts in the world" would use salter "Sodium chloride is a salt" would use salt. "Put some salt in the soup" would use salt.

it is the same as in english basically, use "salter" when you would use the word salts, and use "salt" when you would want to say salt.

I hope that clears it up a bit :)


That was very helpful, thank you!


Yes, I think that is correct because there are many kinds of salt ( not only the salt of the kitchen ).


Yup of course people arent gonna eat those salts


i could be in a drug store looking at a selection of bath salts. Also there are a variety of salts for eating - sea salt lake salt rock salts kosher salts. Then there's shrimp, like in Forest Gump (fried shrimp baked shrimp coconut shrimp LOL)


+1 for Duolingo's explanation: "Salts" is plural here, and yes, it can be pluralized.


Except possibly vanadium(V) bromide. That one's pretty cool.


This sentence makes no sense. Nobody says 'salts'.


Chemists do.


I guess they do. :D I can now think outside the salt shaker. lol


I feel like there should be a more descriptive sentence to make this plural clear. As it is it makes it look like salter is how Norwegians would refer to multiple grains of table salt (like how in English furniture is a plural and singular whereas other languages have separate words for them).

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