Learn About Norwegian Nouns and Articles – II

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In the last post, you began to learn about Norwegian Nouns and Articles. As promised, I am going to help you understand more about the deadly combination of Nouns and Articles.

Recall that entall means singular and flertall means plural. Also ubestemt means indefinite and bestemt means definite.

 Entall Ubestemt Substantive (Singular Indefinite Noun)

We have already seen this form of the noun in

  1. Learn About Nouns in Norwegian Part 1
  2. Learn About Nouns in Norwegian Part 2
  3. Learn About Nouns in Norwegian Part 3
Note how the article in Norwegian maps to the article in English. Of course, as you must recall, the article in Norwegian is based on the gender, Hankjønn(en), Hunkjønn(ei) and Intetkjønn(et).
Norwegian English
 en
gutt
a boy
 ei
dør
a door
 et
 vindu
a window

 

 Entall Bestemt Substantive (Singular Definite Noun)

Note how the article in Norwegian maps to the article in English. One of the peculiar aspects of the Norwegian noun is that the article is attached to the end of the definite form. So for example, “en gutt (indefinite) becomes “gutten (definite).

Norwegian English
 gutten
the boy
 døra
the door
 vinduet
the window

 

 Flertall Ubestemt Substantive (Plural Indefinite Noun)

As you can see below, the “er” in the Norwegian plural is similar to the “s” that we use when creating a plural in English.

Norwegian English
 flere gutter
several boys
 flere dører
several doors
 flere vinduer
several windows

 

 Flertall Bestemt Substantive (Plural Definite Noun)

As you can see below, the “ene” in the Norwegian plural is similar to the “s” that we use when creating a plural in English. Also recall that since this is a definite form, the article is attached to the end of the noun. For example, “guttene” specifies “the boys“.

Norwegian English
 guttene
the boys
 dørene
the doors
 vinduene
the windows

 

Here is a video to help you see how these various forms are pronounced. To get access to more video lessons instantly, please visit Norwegian Class 101.

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