Grammar: Nouns

A noun will take one of three forms in the norwegian language – either Hankjønn (masculine), Hunkjønn (feminine) or Intetkjønn (neutral).    I’m afraid it’s just a case of learning each word to see which form it takes. 

Hankjønn: Masculine
avis = paper
en avis = a paper
avisen = the paper
aviser = papers
avisene = the papers

Hunkjønn: Feminine
flaske = bottle
ei flaske = a bottle
flaska = the bottle
flasker = bottles
flaskene = the bottles

Intetkjønn: Neutral 
eple = apple
et eple = a apple
eplet = the apple
epler = apples
eplene = the apples

For example…

  • Grete og Finn har ei datter = Grete and Finn have a daughter
  • Grete skriver et brev = Grete writes a letter
  • De trenger tre kopper = They need three cups
  • Koppene står i skapet = The cups are stored in the cupboard

Pronouns:
Hankjønn:
Hvor er koppen? = Where is the cup?
Den står på bordet = It (masculine) is on the table

Hunkjønn:
Hvor er flaska? = Where is the bottle?
Den står på bordet = It (feminine) is on the table

Intetkjønn:
Hvor er glasset? = Where is the glass?
Det står på bordet = It (neutral) is on the table

Flertall:
Hvor er glassene? = Where are the glasses?
De står på bordet = They (plural) are on the table

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