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

et øl og en øl

I assume the difference is very nuanced, but quite what it is escapes me. Has anyone got any advice on this one, and are there more like this?

June 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TCAC2

Generally: Et øl = A type/brand of beer. En øl = A unit of beer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alek_d
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That is right "et øl" refers to the drink, wheras a "en øl" refers to a glass, bottle or similar of beer.


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

The one you will hear most often is "en øl". This would be used in the following circumstances:

Talking about "a beer", as in a pint/glass/bottle of beer. "Jeg kjøpte en øl i baren" - "I bought a beer at the bar".

Talking about type/brand of beer: "Hva slags øl liker du?" Jeg synes Atnabryggeriet har en god øl, den heter Rypeøl." (What kinds of beer do you like? I think Atna brewery has a good beer, it's called Rypeøl (ptarmigan beer)).

Et øl is more for talking about beer that is spilled, unnamed beer in large quantities, the liquid:

"Han tråkket i ølet som var sølt utover gulvet" - "He stepped in the beer that was spilled on the floor". "I Norges kongesagaer står det om kong Fjolne, han druknet i ølet som stod i et åpent kar i huset hvor han sov." - "In the Norwegian king's sagas there's a story about king Fjolne, he drowned in the beer that was kept in an open vat in the house where he slept."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas83

Of course it must be neither, it must be "flere øl"!


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

From what I gathered "et øl" is the type of beer (you're talking about that beer), and "en øl" is the amount of beer you want (let me get a beer).

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