Ex. 03.13: Nouns – Dictionary Use
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DICTIONARY USE. On p. 36-37 in the textbook, you will find an introduction to indefinite nouns in Norwegian. There, you will learn that Norwegian nouns have three genders and three different indefinite articles. See examples and notes below
masculine: en bil (a car) — feminine: ei/en seng (a bed) — neuter: et hus (a house)
- Grammatical gender doesn’t necessarily correspond to biological gender, so it is important to learn the gender of nouns as you learn new words.
- Feminine nouns can also be treated as masculine nouns, which is why they are usually listed with the two indefinite articles, ei/en.
- Use of grammatical gender varies greatly in Norway. Some people use all three genders; others use mostly two genders, masculine and neuter, but include a few feminine nouns; and still others use only two genders. We use all three genders in this book, and we recommend that you do the same or that you follow the example that your teacher sets for you.
Navigate to the Sett i gang online glossary — https://settigang.com/glossary/ — and look up the following words: en mobil, ei/en ordbok, et bilde. Below is an explanation of the forms that you see.
Gender Noun Definite Singular & Plural Forms Meaning en mobil mobilen, mobiler, mobilene cell phone ei/en ordbok ordboka/ordboken, ordbøker, ordbøkene dictionary et bilde bildet, bilder, bildene picture
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Use the Sett i gang online glossary to help you fill in the blanks in the noun entries below.
Gender Noun Definite Singular & Plural Forms Meaning 1. avis avisa/avisen, aviser, avisene 2. film , filmer, filmene movie, film 3. kake , kaker, kakene cake 4. bilde bildet, bilder, bildene 5. skole , skoler, skolene school 6. språk , språk, språkene language 7. venn vennen, venner, vennene