Learn About Time Prepositions in Norwegian Part 2

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Prepositions are something that tell us where one thing or person is in relation to another thing or person.

If you don’t know what prepositions in Norwegian are, you should begin by reading:

  1. Learn About Prepositions in Norwegian Part 1
  2. Learn About Prepositions in Norwegian Part 2
  3. Learn About Prepositions in Norwegian Part 3
  4. Learn About Prepositions in Norwegian Part 4
  5. Learn About Prepositions in Norwegian Part 5
  6. Learn About Time Prepositions in Norwegian Part 1

Let’s continue our learning about prepositions that tell something about the time.  This time we will learn about using the preposition i.

One of the uses of the preposition is to indicate something that has happened or is happening at this particular time. By time we mean today, yesterday, this year, this summer, etc. Some of the examples below should make things more clear.

Norwegian English
Jeg er på skolen i dag.
I am at the school today.
Jeg var på skolen i går.
I was at the school yesterday.
Jeg skal på skolen i morgen.
I will attend the school tomorrow.
Han har gått på ski i vinter.
He had gone skiing this winter.
Hun skal reise til India i sommer.
She will travel to India this summer.
Han har arbeidt dårlig i år.
He has worked bad this year.

Another way of using the preposition is in sentences that indicate something that happened in the past and is no longer happening, something that has happened and is continuing, or something that will happen in the future

1. Something that has happened and continues to happen.

Norwegian English
Jeg har vært her i fem dager.
I have been here for five days.
Hun har vært hjemme i to dager.
She has been home for two days.
Han har vært på ferie i tre måneder.
He has been on vacation for three months.

2. Something that has happened and is no longer happening.

Norwegian English
Jeg var der i fem dager.
He was there for five days.
Hun var hjemme i to dager.
She was home for two days.
Han var på ferie i tre måneder.
He was on vacation for three months.

3. Something that will happen in the future.

Norwegian English
De skal være her i fem dager.
They will be here in five days.
Hun skal være hjemme i to dager.
She will be home in two days.
Han skal ha ferie i tre måneder.
He will have vacation in three months.

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4 thoughts on “Learn About Time Prepositions in Norwegian Part 2

  1. for “i” + time period it is simpler to focus on the length of time something happens, rather than the “past, future, or present” aspect you mention. The only complication is if something DOES NOT happen — then you use “på” — han har ikke snakket norsk på 3 år — he hasn’t spoken Norwegian for 3 years.

    Is it sensible to add: i år, i ettermiddag, i fjor, i kveld, to your list of “i + part of the calendar?”

  2. hi kevin,

    thank you for all of these such a really big help… can you please give me the links or sites for an exsempleroppgavene for norskprøve3? im planning to take it soon and im trying to prepare for it. thanks again in advance and keep up the good work!

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