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  5. "De synes byen er pen."

"De synes byen er pen."

Translation:They think the city is pretty.

July 11, 2015



What's the difference between synes and å tenke? And what is the form that ends with 's'? Finnes and synes both have it, but I don't exactly know what situations give them that form.


when you think about something you use 'tenker', when you express your opinion of something you use 'synes'.

S-verbs are used in different situations, but I'm not sure if there's any pattern. In this sentence it's used reflexively.


Aren't reflexive verbs followed by "seg"?


Not s-verbs. They can be thought of as a passive form of a verb, but can sometimes be used reflexively.

"Jeg undres over det" vs "Jeg undrer meg over det"


They really need to make De and Vi more distinct from each other. Maybe my speaker sucks, but often i can't hear the difference


Jeg synes is I consider but not I feel?


I think you can also say i feel. "Hva synes du om meg" can be translated as "how do you feel about me". If it's not correct I would like te hear it from someone.


I think that would be "What do you feel about me" as Hva = what


Kind of like an opinion? I take itnas being used as an opinion including feedback


are the "s" verbs intransitives?


Historically they are reflexive forms, the suffix -s is a remnant of sik, an old reflexive pronoun, which shows up in Old Norse as the suffix -sk, e.g. Hann heitisk 'He is called'. In Old Norse it was used to make passive constructions (which doesn't really show up in Modern Norwegian), but Norwegian did inherit the vestigial middle voice, implying subject is very personally involved in the verbal action (e.g. Jeg synes) or reciprocity (e.g. Vi sees*).

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