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Bring my bag! Do it now, will you? Sometimes, there’s little time to be polite, and we need to give somebody a direct order. In English, we simply use the dictionary form of the verb (move! call! wait!) In Norwegian, it’s almost just as easy to make the imperativ (imperative) or ”order form” (well, no, I’m not talking about online shopping!) 🙂
Do this: Find the right verb in your dictionary, remove the final -e, say it!
Now, try it:
Easy, right? The imperative stays the same, no matter how many persons – or animals! – you talk to:
But… What if the dictionary form (AKA the infinitive) doesn’t have a fancy -e extension? Well, then it’s just like you know it from English: no change:
But… What if the word looks weird without the -e?
Yes, that’s one of the fun details of Norwegian! 🙂
Imagine ordering somebody to sykle (ride a bike), then klatre (climb) somewhere… Wouldn’t it be impossible to pronounce?
Sykl til huset og klatr opp i treet! (Ride your bike to the house and climb up into the tree!)
Surprise – it’s actually official Norwegian. Fortunately, Språkrådet (the Laguage Counsil), also OK’s keeping the -e in such ”tongue-twistey” cases:
Sykle til huset og klatre opp i treet!
Gjør det da! (Just do it, then!) 🙂