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The definite article

First of all, thank you so much to the Norwegian team. THis is a well made, and easy to understand course!

My question is on the definite article, or lack there of. From how I understand it, we for the definite article by adding a suffix to the word.

jente--> jenter

mann--->mannen

So far though, I have not been able to notice a pattern in the endings. Is there a certain way to create the definite form (ex. for all neuter nouns, add -en, etc.?) Or do you have to memorize a suffix for each word? Help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

May 29, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/het_aapje

Masculine (or common gender) --> -en (katten - the cat)

Feminine --> -a (kua - the cow)

Neuter --> -et (barnet - the child)

The masculine suffix can apply to feminine nouns.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teenage_Polyglot

Thank you!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/het_aapje

Værsågod :)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teenage_Polyglot

Takk!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sir_Cheez

vær så god

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/otsogutxi

En mann - Mannen Et barn - Barnet

I don't know about feminine nouns. I just posted a discussion on that!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teenage_Polyglot

Ok, so:

masculine-----> -en

nuter---------. -et

???

Thanks for the help!

May 29, 2015
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