"Det er en dyr restaurant."

Translation:It is an expensive restaurant.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/zandland

So dyr is a homonym that can mean either expensive or animal? Are homonyms common in Norwegian?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alek_d
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Yes, it's a homonym. It's not extremely common, but not rare either.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OsoGegenHest
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It's the same homophone in English ("dear" and "deer"), so it oughtn't to be surprising.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fveldig
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Also note that some homonyms, while written the same, are pronounced slightly differently.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ag3n7_z3r0
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Are you familiar with the IPA? Could you enlighten me in this slight difference?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fveldig
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I'm not too familiar with IPA, so I won't do that in case I write something wrong, but I did find this video explaining some of the differences:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fkzWokTd_Q

Skip to 0:56

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaoloCosmo

Good channel. Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Annie829375

I did wonder what an animals restaurant would look like?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NorwayLover

Some weird McDrive in a forest

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreas83
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Det er en dyr lege <-> Det er en dyrlege

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MoeAmine

Why isn't it: "Den er en"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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When the noun has yet to be introduced to the reader/listener, we default to the neuter form as a formal subject; a sort of placeholder. Once the noun has been introduced, the pronoun has to match the gender of the noun:

"Det er en dyr restaurant, men den er veldig populær."
"It's an expensive restaurant, but it's very popular."

English does something similar when referring to people who are initially unknown:

Q: "Who was that on the phone?"
A: "It was my wife, she just wanted to know where I was."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farover

Very helpful response, thank you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Bare hyggelig! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fran45605

Is it that wrong to say "this is an..." rather than "it is an..."? Really? :S

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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it/that = den (m/f), det (n)
this = denne (m/f), dette (n)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evan.S47
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Other than context, would there be an cue to indicate "dyr" meaning "expensive" or "animal" ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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There's no room for confusion, as one is an adjective and the other a noun.

"An animal restaurant" would be "en dyrerestaurant", since noun+noun creates a compound.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wendynorsk

How would you say expensive animal lol

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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"dyrt dyr"

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamOlson

can I bring my cat ? table for two please

1 month ago
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