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Bring my bag! Call the dog! Sometimes, there’s little time to be høflig (polite), and we need to give somebody a direct ordre (order). In English, we simply use the dictionary form of the verb (go! wait! shut up!) In Danish, it’s almost just as easy to make the bydeform (imperative, literally ”bidding form”). 🙂
Do this: Find the right verb in your ordbog (dictionary), remove the final -e, say it!
Now, try it:
Please note: Double consonants (ll, tt, pp…) are usually shortened when they get that sweet, final spot:
Nemt, ikke? (Easy, right?) 🙂
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 Danish! 🙂
Imagine ordering somebody to cykle (ride a bike), then klatre (climb) somewhere… Wouldn’t it be impossible to pronounce?
Cykl til huset og klatr op i træet! (Ride your bike to the house and climb up into the tree!)
Surprise – it’s actually official Danish. In the spoken language, I guess, people often say it in other ways, for example using skal (have to, must, shall):
I skal cykle til huset og klatre…
Of course, lovers of krydsogtværs (crossword puzzle) know their smadr! hamr! ændr! (crush! hammer! change!)