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By Philip Holmes, Tom Lundskaer-Nielsen

Danish: a vital Grammar is a reference consultant to crucial elements of present Danish because it is utilized by local speakers.

It provides a clean and available description of the language, targeting these parts of Danish that pose specific difficulties for English audio system yet even as delivering a huge common account of the language.

The Grammar is the right resource of reference for the learner of Danish within the early and heart phases. it's appropriate for autonomous examine or for college kids in colleges, schools, universities and grownup periods of all types.

This new version has been totally up-to-date to mirror adjustments in present language use and up to date cultural advancements. gains include:

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* transparent, jargon-free explanations

* many tables and diagrams for additional clarity

* separate thesaurus of linguistic and grammatical terms

* certain index with key Danish and English words

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Also: Danmark er ikke stort. Denmark is not big. (stort = neuter gender) Exceptions: et barn, a child; et bud, a messenger; et individ, an individual; et medlem, a member; et menneske, a human being; et vidne, a witness; et dyr, an animal; et egern, a squirrel; et føl, a foal; et kid, a kid; et får, a sheep; et lam, a lamb; et møl, a moth; et svin, a pig; et æsel, a donkey; et bær, a berry; et frø, a seed; et træ, a tree; compounds in -bær, -frø, -træ. 2 Common gender by form -ance en ambulance, an ambulance -ans en substans, a substance -ant en repræsentant, a representative -de en bredde, a breadth; en længde, a length -dom en ejendom, a property; en sygdom, an illness -é en allé, an avenue; en café, a café -else en bevægelse, a movement; en skuffelse, a disappointment Exceptions: 24 et spøgelse, a ghost; et værelse, a room.

Solen skinnede. Så jeg vaskede bilen. obvious obvious obvious Articles The weather was fine. The sun shone. So I washed the car. 3 Nouns without article versus nouns with indefinite article The use of count nouns without article tends to indicate a contrast with the noun with indefinite article: (a) No article = generality Har I bil? Do you have a car? (b) No article = generality Bonden fandt kun sten på marken. The farmer only found stone in his field. (c) No article = literal Coco var klovn. Coco was a clown.

He’s in town/going to town. But: Hun går i skole/på arbejde. She goes to school/work. 1 After certain words Samme aften kom vi hjem. Næste dag var vejret dejligt. De bor på øverste etage. The same evening we arrived home. The next day the weather was lovely. They live on the top floor. Note, however: den næste måned, the following month; det næste år, the following year. 2 In some idiomatic phrases De hører radio. Bodil spiller klaver/violin. Mor læser avis. Hun er datter af en præst. They listen to the radio.

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