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I'm Having Trouble With Feminine Nouns:

When you change a feminine noun from indefinite to definite, what does it change to? Do all feminine nouns follow the same rule as ei jente changing to jenta?

May 29, 2015



Feminine nouns have two possible forms for the definite: -a and -en. So you can either say “jenta” or “jenten”. There is no difference in meaning. All the feminine words follow this rule.


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Then how it is decided which form is offered as 'primary' form in the course, e.g. jenta versus kvinnen?


We follow a style guide developed by NTB, a Norwegian press agency. It mostly uses "-en".


Feminine nouns inflect in the following way: ei jente --> jenta / ei kvinne --> kvinna / ei bok --> boka. If you're doing to use the indefinite article, ensure you inflect the noun in the feminine manner. Using one and not the other would make little sense. Are you speaking with the third gender or not?

To maintain consistancy I would recommend you do not mix up the masculine indefinite article with the inflected feminine definite article. For example:

ei jente = jenta en jente = jenten en jente =/= jenta ei jente =/= jenten

We all know that it is possible to speak Norwegian with only 2 genders (masculine and common). However, I would recommend that if you're gonig to speak with three, make sure that they are distinct from each other.

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