"That is a menu."

Translation:Det er en meny.

June 19, 2015

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Is "den er en meny" also correct? Since apparently "den" is used to refer to a masculine word and "det" to a neuter one?


"Det/Dette" is also used in cases where the noun has yet to be introduced; when the gender is still unknown to the reader/listener. In these cases it's functioning as a demonstrative rather than a pronoun.

Once the noun is introduced, and "det/den" is functioning as pronoun replacing the already mentioned noun, it is inflected for gender:

"Det er en meny. Den er ny."
"That (=the thing I'm pointing at) is a menu. It (=the menu) is new."


What is difference between Det er en meny and Den er en meny?


That / this is a menu, it is blue = Det/dette er en meny, den er blå.


In case anyone's wondering. 'Spisekart' literally translates to 'Food Map'


Why not: De er et meny? Isn't meny a neuter?


No, en meny, menyen


Takk, so where is supossed to use et, en and ei


All Norwegian nouns have a grammatical gender, and are declined accordingly.

en = indefinite article for masculine nouns.
ei = indefinite article for feminine* nouns.
et = indefinite article for neuter nouns.

*feminine nouns may be declined as if they were masculine, so they can take "en" in place of "ei".

Endings are also gender dependent.

The gender a noun is assigned is quite arbitrary, and will have to be memorised with each noun. It does not match up with biological gender, and the only rules that exists are for certain categories of loanwords.


I thought det referes to neuter


"Det/Dette" is also used in cases where the noun hasn't been introduced yet; when the gender is still unknown to the reader/listener.


Is spisekart no longer used?


I hardly ever hear it used (hard to beat a four-letter alternative), but it's literal enough to still be widely understood.


why is it 'en meny'? i think it could be 'et meny'. menu is neuter.


"En meny" is a masculine noun.

If your dictionary is telling you it's neuter, you should invest in a new one.


Could ei, et, and en all be used as the a in the sentence?


Why is "en meny" masculine?

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