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"Vi gikk tidlig, for onkel ville hjem."

Translation:We left early, because my uncle wanted to go home.

August 9, 2015



Exactly what I was hoping to get an answer to as well!


Is "vil hjem" specifically about wanting to go home, or is it a general sense of wanting to be home? I ask because I translated this as "wanted to be home" and it was incorrect.


Vil hjem is speficially about wanting to go home, because hjem is used when you are going home, and hjemme is used when you are already at home.


Can someone explain why the verb "to go" isn't required in the second clause ?


'Hjem' implies movement towards home, so 'vil hjem' means 'to want to go home'.


Why have I to put 'my' ?


In Norwegian it's quite common to omit the possessives when talking about family members, but in English it's seldom done other than for mum/dad/mother/father. Because of this, the most natural way of translating this sentence is with a "my" in English, which is implicit in the Norwegian sentence.

Having said that, we do allow omitting the possessive here - we just don't think it's the best translation.


Do you even allow "our" uncle in this case?


Yes, since the sentence begins with "vi", we're accepting it as an answer. We'll not allow it in sentences where there is no such context though.


Crikey Deliciae! I've just started Babbel norsk...and had to come back here again to cheer myself up! It's all a bit tutonic and regimented... and sometimes it's a battle to just move on ..because I've entered a space wrongly or (forgotten a COMMA!!) Thank goodness I started here with you...First lesson on Holidays expected me to know the words.. QUAY, FIREWOOD and FISHING PERMIT !Thats tough on a beginner. And I've no ideas where I am in the bigger order of things over there! Missing you all..hhh


Are infinitive and past tense forms of "vil" the same?


We tend to treat the infinitive mark as part of the infinitive ("å ville"), but aside from that they are identical.


Er "We went early..." også ok?

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