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"Children need pasta, otherwise they cannot sleep."

Translation:Barn trenger pasta, ellers kan de ikke sove.

August 10, 2015



Interesting theory


why "kan de ikke sove" and not "de kan ikke sove"?

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The negation needs to come before the verb it's modifying in dependent/subordinate clauses.

For independent/main clauses, it's the other way around.


Sorry, I don't understand your explanation. Could you expand upon it? It seems to me that the negation does come before the verb it's modifying in both sentences from the original post. I thought the reason for this word order was the V2 rule.


I will be brave and agree with you here, although I'm not a native speaker. It is the v2 rule in action with a dependent clause which causes the swap of the two words that the Original Poster asked about; namely "kan de" insead of "de kan."


Ah thanks so much! That word ordering was always tripping me up as I didn't understand the pattern. Tusen takk for hjelpen :)

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Bare hyggelig!

It's a bit of a tricky concept to teach in this format, so it's good that you asked. I'm sure you weren't the only one wondering. :)

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