"What is an apple?"

Translation:Hva er et eple?

June 28, 2015

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    whats the difference between et and en?


    Norwegian is a gendered language. "Et" signifies neuter nouns, and "En" signifies masculine nouns.


    What about feminine nouns? Same thing as the masculine?


    you can use "en" or "ei", both of them is correct.


    It seems "Ei" signifies feminine nouns, but you can use both "En" and "Ei" for feminine nouns, and it will be correct.


    Doing good work Luke, thank you


    What is a "neuter" noun


    Noun without any gender. For example "eple" (et eple - an apple, eplet - the apple)


    Thank you. So do the genders of the nouns have to be individually learned?


    Yes, there is no way of telling the gender of a noun


    Et = Neutral Noun En = Masculine Noun Ei = Feminine Noun


    Nynorsk - Kva er eit eple?
    Bokmål - Hva er et eple?


    That seems confusing - is there much difference between the two?


    It's really hard to explain this in a concise form post, so here's a helpful Wikipedia article on the subject of Norwegian dialects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_dialects


    Thank you so much - that's really helpful. My daughter just spent two years in Norway, in a remote village (Flørli), and after having studied Bokmål before she left Australia, they spoke Nynorsk, so she had to quickly relearn the differences.


    Minor correction: Nynorsk and Bokmål are the two accepted written forms of the Norwegian language. You cannot "speak" either per sé. You can only speak Norwegian.


    This is the first thing I will ask when I come to Norway


    Ceci n'est pas une pomme?


    C'est une pomme,oui


    How do you tell which gender nouns take on? For example: "et eple", but "en brød"? Do you have to learn specific genders for nouns?


    "Do you have to learn specific genders for nouns?"

    Sadly, yes. There are no definite rules which noun takes which gender. When you learn vocabulary, don't learn "book - bok, woman - kvinne", learn "book - ei bok, woman - ei kvinne, child - et barn", and so on.

    Note, that in bokmaal you can use any feminine noun as a masculine one. So "En kvinne" and "ei kvinne" are both correct. However, I think it is worth it to learn which nouns are actually feminine, so you won't be surprised if you encounter the feminine form "in the wild".


    Lol what do you mean in the last part of the last sentence?


    Wow, that was 11 months ago, but I think what I meant was: I got surprised by certain words appearing in their feminine form. "Boka" for example. Up until then I have only ever seen "booken", so it took me a few seconds to figure out that "boka" also means "the book". So, to avoid confusion it's always helpful to learn which words are feminine and which ones aren't. "Boka" is correct as is "boken", but for masculine words "gutta" would be wrong, only "gutten" is correct.


    It's et brød btw


    I had understood that in order to create a question, the sequence order would be backwards so i tried "Hva et eple er?" although originally I had the right answer lol How can I learn when to do this and when not to?


    No, you don't reverse the whole word order for a question. You just move the verb to the first position. It works quite similar to how english works: "This is an apple" <-> "Is this an apple?" - In Norwegian: "Dette er et eple" <-> "Er dette et eple?"


    Et eple er en spiselig frukt fra et epletre (Malus pumila).


    What's the difference between "et" and "er"? I originally thought it was a distinction between animate and inanimate objects, but then they used "er" in reference to the nation of Norway.


    I'm not sure I understand your question: "er" means "is" or "are", and "et" means "a/an" when you refer to neuter nouns like eple, hus or ord.


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