"The father of my cousin's cousin is a pilot."

Translation:Faren til min fetters kusine er pilot.

May 28, 2015

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Not particularly pertinent to discussing the merits of the sentence or translation, but I felt the need to share that I accidentally wrote "the father of my cousin's cousin is an aeroplane"


Thanks to share this, I'm waiting for an operation right now and this made my day hahahaha


An operation to become an airplane? I hope it went okay!


Not sure about other countries, but in Greece (and possibly other Mediterranean areas) such person could be referred to as "uncle", if he was around the family a lot. Distant relatives and close friends of the parents are referred to as uncle (θείος/thios) and aunt (θεία/thia) by the kids, even though they're distantly or not at all related.


I've seen "onkel" used this way in Norway as well, but it's not very common. An aunt's long-term partner will often be called uncle, though, even if they're not married.


Same here in Brazil! Kids call every adult uncle (tio) and aunt (tia) even if they're a complete stranger, it's kinda cute.


Same in Tunisia, i used to do it


All my parents' friends were called uncle and aunt when I was a child in Oslo. Even now, when they are dead, we call them tante Karen og onkel Trygve, onkel Arne og tante Grethe when we talk about them.


In Spain, tío and tía are often used to address people you're familiar with, but it doesn't imply they need to be an adult, it's like some informal expression like 'dude'.


Why would "Faren til søskenbarnet mitts søskenbarn" be wrong?


Because adding a genitive s to a possessive is bad form; they prefer the company of nouns.

"mitt søskenbarns søskenbarn" (good)
"søskenbarnet til søskenbarnet mitt" (good)
"mitt søskenbarn sitt søskenbarn" (passable)
"søskenbarnet mitt sitt søskenbarn" (passable)


What's wrong with "Faren til min søskenbarns søskenbarn er en pilot?"


The possessive should be "mitt", as it agrees with the neuter noun "søskenbarns".


What happened to v2 here?


It applies just as it does in any other declarative main clause.

(1) Faren til min fetters kusine (subject) (2) er (verb) (3) pilot


Could 'Faren til min tremenning er pilot' also be accepted?


You always have a great-grandparent in common with your "tremenning", but your cousin's cousin doesn't have to be related to you at all.


What's wrong with this Faren till søskenbarn till søskenbarnet mitt er pilot


Can you say "fetteren mins kusines far er piloter" ?


I've heard it's very bad style to make a possessive form out of a possessive pronoun ("mins"), so you should go with "min fetters kusines"


I may have missed some explanation earlier... Why are there three different words that mean cousin?


There's one for each gender, and one that's neutral, much like you have "sister", "brother", and "sibling" in English. Or "daughter/son/child".

en fetter = a male cousin
en/ei kusine = a female cousin
et søskenbarn = a cousin of either gender

You can always use the gender neutral version, but you need to know the other two as well.


Ooooh, of course! Why hadn't I thought about this earlier!? Thank you very much, Deliciae


Bare hyggelig!


It always underlines fetter's on my answer. Are there no possessive apostrophes in Norwegian?


There are, but they're the exception rather than the norm.

A noun like "fetters", which has had a genitive s added to its base form, does not take an apostrophe. Most nouns fall into this category, so the apostrophes are few and far between.

fetter -> fetters

Nouns that end in -s, -x or -z in their base forms do get an apostrophe added, but then the apostrophe goes at the very end of the word:

avis -> avis'
Marius -> Marius'
Bordeaux -> Bordeaux'

When dealing with acronyms, the genitive rules get a little complicated. Here are the acceptable formats, but note that most acronyms have to be capitalised, which means the third option will only rarely be available to you:

ACRONYMs (capitalised word, lower case s, no apostrophe)
ACRONYM'S (completely capitalised, apostrophe before s)
acronym's (all lower case, apostrophe before s)

If the acronym ends with an s, you only add an apostrophe at the end, as you would with any other noun:




AcRoNyM's (Mixed case, apostrophe before s)
acronyms (acronyms that have become words (ufo, radar), no apostrophe)

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