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By Philip Holmes, Tom Lundskaer-Nielsen

Danish: a vital Grammar is a reference consultant to an important points of present Danish because it is utilized by local speakers.

It provides a clean and obtainable description of the language, concentrating on these parts of Danish that pose specific difficulties for English audio system yet whilst supplying a wide normal account of the language.

The Grammar is the proper resource of reference for the learner of Danish within the early and heart phases. it's compatible for self reliant learn or for college students in faculties, faculties, universities and grownup sessions of all types.

This new version has been absolutely up to date to mirror alterations in present language use and up to date cultural advancements. good points include:

* transparent, jargon-free explanations

* many tables and diagrams for additional clarity

* separate thesaurus of linguistic and grammatical terms

* unique index with key Danish and English words


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It’s our son. Conjunctions og [ɔ], men, at and, but, that da, når, om, hvis when/since, when, whether, if Han 'sagde, at han var 'træt og 'sulten. 18 He said that he was tired and hungry. 4 Two-word stress Stress Where two or more words belong together in one semantic unit, the last word in the phrase is stressed. Preposition + noun (Kig) i 'bogen. (Look) in the book. (De kommer) i 'dag. (They’re coming) today. Indefinite article + noun en 'bil a car et 'hus a house Verb + particle smide 'ud throw out vende 'om turn round Verb1 + Verb2 Jeg skal 'gå.

De var 'rejst. They had left. Infinitive marker + verb at 'se to see at 'vente to wait Verb + complement (Han) er 'høj. (He) is tall. (Hun) er gra'vid. (She) is pregnant. end/som + the word compared (Hun er højere) end 'Ole. (She is taller) than Ole. (Hun er lige så 'gammel) som 'ham. (She is as old) as he is. 6 Stressed prefixes These include amplifying, negating and contrasting prefixes. 7 Stressed suffixes Many of these were originally loan suffixes. 8 Unstressed prefixes These include many loan prefixes.

5 The genitive -s in noun phrases The genitive -s is placed on the last word of the noun phrase. 6 Differences in use in English and Danish Notice the different use of the definite article in English and Danish: the end of winter def. art. no art. vinterens afslutning (Lit. the winter’s end) def. art. no art. Nouns following a genitive never take an end article. 8 Special uses of the -s genitive • in surnames: hos Olsens Vi køber fisk hos Hansens. at the Olsens’ We buy our fish at Hansens’. 1 Articles – form The indefinite article (corresponding to English ‘a(n)’) is, in Danish, either en (common gender) or et (neuter).

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