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"Du kan spørre meg og jeg kan svare deg."

Translation:You can ask me and I can answer you.

June 6, 2015



Du kan spørre Duolingo og Duolingo vil svare deg


If "kan" can be used for "may", does Norwegian make the distinction between "can" (have the ability to do) and "may" (have permission to do)?


'May' should definitely be accepted as an answer. It makes much more sense than 'can'...


As a note, I don't think you necessarily need the "you" at the end of the sentence in (American) English. It would be implied that the speaker is answering the question you asked, thus leaving us with "You can ask me and I can answer"


The English sentence without the "you" at the end is accepted.


Interesting thing: According to the Wiktionary - spørre is a sibling to the German word spüren - which means to feel but exists also in the form of auf-spüren which means to track (so./sth.)

There is no etymological entry for svare in the Wiktionary but it resembles the German word schwören - which means to swear (like in to swear an oath) - which make sense because one should only answer with the truth...


I'm still confused re Spør v Stiller. What is the rule, please?


Use 'stiller' when asking 'et spørsmål' (stiller et spørsmål). Use 'spør' when you are asking in general.


Så det er hvordan det fungerer .... Jeg spør, men du bestemmer deg

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