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Nouns

Now we'll move into something which is a little more complicated, and a little more different from English. You probably know what nouns are, and now we're going to see how they act in Norwegian.

As you might have noticed already, many words aren't too different from English. Some examples of a few Norwegian nouns:

Hus

Tre

Ball

Klokke

This is how you conjugate a noun in English:
Singular
Indefinite
Singular
Definite
Plural
Indefinite
Plural
Definite
a house the house houses the houses

In English the -s ending means plural, and the is the definite article. The only thing that may cause problems for foreigners is the use of a / an, and some irregular plural forms.

The problematic thing in Norwegian is that it has, like most other Indo-European languages, several genders. And it doesn't only have two, but three genders. They are called masculine, feminine and neuter.

It's pretty impossible to know which gender a noun is, so in this tutorial we'll always tell you the gender of the new nouns, by adding (m), (f) or (n) after the words. You'll find this in most dictionaries as well.