Learn About Norwegian Adjectives Part 3 – Intetkjønn

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We have started to learn about Norwegian adjectives since the previous posts. We learnt how the adjectives behave when used with the hankjønn and hunkjønn nouns. It’s time to look at how to use the Norwegian adjectives with the intetkjønn nouns.

(If you don’t know about hankjønn, hunkjønn and intetkjønn Norwegian nouns, learn more here.)

An example:

Ubestemt Entall (Indefinite Singular)

Norwegian English
Et fint hus
nice house

This is easy to understand as it is very similar to English. For many intetkjønn nouns, usually a is added after the adjective in hankjønn or hunkjønn  form. So fin becomes fint.

Bestemt Entall (Definite Singular)

Norwegian English
Det fine huset
The nice house

As you may have noticed, the bestemt entall form is a bit different when nouns are combined with adjectives.

Two rules can be learnt from this:

1. For the intetkjønn nouns, we add a Det before the adjective and an et attached after the noun (learn more here).

Det fine huset.

2. Marked in yellow, notice that we add an to the adjective.

Det fine huset.


Ubestemt Flertall (Indefinite Plural)

Norwegian English
mange fine hus
Many nice houses

This follows the similar rule to the bestemt entall form where an e is attached to the adjective. Also note that the ubestemt flertall of the noun hus is hus as well (not huser). This has already been explained in detail here.


Bestemt Flertall (Definite Plural)

Norwegian English
De fine husene
The nice houses

This is also a bit similar to the bestemt entall form where:

1. For the intetkjønn nouns, we add a De before the adjective and an ene attached after the noun (learn more here).

De fine husene.

2. Marked in yellow, notice that we add an to the adjective.

De fine husene.


Here are a few more adjectives along with an intetkjønn noun to get you more comfortable. The English definition of the adjective is in the brackets.

Entall (Singular) Flertall (Plural) 
Ubestemt (Indefinite) Bestemt (Definite) Ubestemt (Indefinite) Bestemt (Definite)
et fint(nice) hus
det fine huset
mange fine hus
de fine husene
et nytt(new) hus
det nye huset
mange nye hus
de nye husene
et gammelt(old) hus
det gamle huset
mange gamle hus
de gamle husene
et rødt(red) hus
det røde huset
mange røde hus
de røde husene
et hvitt(white) hus
det hvite huset
mange hvite hus
de hvite husene
et dyrt(expensive) hus
det dyre huset
mange dyre hus
de dyre husene
et billig(cheap) hus
det billige huset
mange billige hus
de billige husene
et moderne(modern) hus
det moderne huset
mange moderne hus
de moderne husene
et norsk(Norwegian) hus
det norske huset
mange norske hus
de norske husene
et stort(big) hus
det store huset
mange store hus
de store husene
et lite(small) hus
det lille huset
mange små hus
de små husene

Notice the last entry in the table of adjectives above. lite is a special adjective that changes form a bit differently than the rest of the adjectives as seen.

Entall (Singular) Flertall (Plural) 
Ubestemt (Indefinite) Bestemt (Definite) Ubestemt (Indefinite) Bestemt (Definite)
et lite(small) hus
det lille huset
mange små hus
de små husene


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2 Replies to “Learn About Norwegian Adjectives Part 3 – Intetkjønn”

    1. Hi Latif,

      Når vi bruker ubestemt form, vi skriver,
      “Et fint hus”.

      Når vi bruker bestemt form, vi skriver,
      “Det fine huset”.

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