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Språktips

Published: October 5, 2018

By Elizabeth ‘Elsebet’ Curtiss

Have you ever noticed how different languages have different ways of putting sentences together?  Some languages start with a subject, while others can start with a verb. It can be confusing! Norwegian is a little bit tricky because sometimes it seems like it follows the same structure as English, and yet it actually follows different rules.

English is an SVO language.  That means that sentences start with a subject, then have a verb, and then an object.

I love Skogfjorden
Subject Verb Object


Norwegian appears to do this too:

Jeg elsker Skogfjorden
I love Skogfjorden
Subject Verb Object


Yet Norwegian is actually a V2 language, meaning the verb comes in the second place in a sentence.  This means that it can look like an SVO language, but it can also look a different.

1 2 3
Jeg elsker Skogfjorden
I love Skogfjorden

 

1 2 3 4
elsker jeg Skogfjorden
Now love I Skogfjorden

Meaning... "Now I love Skogfjorden."

It may seem a bit tricky at first, but just by keeping the verb in second place, you are more likely than not to get the sentence right -- Norwegian style. In the end, knowing a little bit about how languages put sentences together can help with language learning.