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"Vi ses!"

Translation:See you!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Laumito
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I've seen the spelling "Vi sees" with two e's before. Was that a mistake or is it simply an alternative way of spelling? Thanks a lot in advance!

2 years ago

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It's another spelling alternative, they're both equally correct.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hencoq
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Thanks a lot Linn, your explanations always help a lot:)

2 years ago

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Glad to be of help!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PookaGar
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What's the actual use of this one? Is it a farewell, "see you (later)"?

2 years ago

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Yes, it's a "See you (later/around)!"

You can build on it if you wish to be more precise:

"Vi sees i kveld!"
"We'll see each other tonight!" / "I'll see you tonight!"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stromswold

One of the translations given for "vi ses" is "we're seen" and the other is "see you!" I am curious about the verbal inflection -s on "ses." Is it a passive suffix in the "we're seen" translation? What about in the "see you" translation?

3 years ago

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It's a reciprocal verb, and has its own entry in the dictionary separate from 'å se'.

Reciprocal verbs describe something that two or more people do to or with each other, and always take either a plural subject or two or more singular subjects. There's an implied 'hverandre' (each other) in the verb.

Seeing as English lacks a reciprocal verb to translate 'sees' to, I'll use 'møtes' as an example instead:

"Vi møtes ofte."
"We meet often."

There is still the option to use a non-reciprocal verb, and add 'hverandre' to get the same meaning:

"Vi møter hverandre ofte."
"We meet each other often."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathan.w19
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Does adding hverandre add emphasis to "each other"? Ie. we dont meet just anyone, we meet each other?

2 years ago

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No, I wouldn't say so, as "each other" is implied in "møtes" regardless.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pablopublico
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In Spanish we say as farewell "¡Nos vemos!", meaning "(We) see each other (in the future)". Quite close to "Vi ses!", I think.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaraM52
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What is the role of vi in this sentence as it's not in the English translation?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Norwegian uses another idiomatic structure to express the same thing.

Instead of "(I'll) see you", it's "We'll see each other".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaraM52
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Many thanks that makes perfect sense.

2 years ago

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Bare hyggelig! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jakob_Varulv

Why not, We see?

2 years ago

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Because "se(e)s" is a passive form (and in addition "Vi se(e)s!" is a fixed expression).

"We see" = "Vi ser"

Using the passive, you can create sentences like:

"Vi [se(e)s/blir sett] av andre."
We are [seen/being seen] by others."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidolson22
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I thought you said it was a reciprical verb. Not sure this fits together with passive form.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mercan14
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It means "see you later"

1 year ago

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So -s can be passive, reflexive, reciprocal, middle voice, deponent...?

2 months ago