Icelandic Sentence Structure

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vikingcliff
Tuesday 04th of December 2007 11:03:27 AM
sentence structure: what is the basic sentence structure in icelandic. like do adjectives come before or after nouns and how are words combined, etc


utomjording
Thursday 17th of January 2008 11:14:59 PM
it is relatively similar to other germanic languages like english or german. so adjectives come before the noun. possessive pronouns, however, come after the noun.

basically it's

subject - verb - object

there is no indefinite article ('a') and the definite article ('the') is not a word on its own, but an ending (kona = a woman, konan = the woman)

hope that was sufficient for a beginning ;)


Electron
Saturday 15th of March 2008 01:51:47 AM
I'd also add that there's a common Germanic rule also valid in Icelandic, according to which the conjugated verb always must take the second place in the sentence. Other than that, the word order is relatively free, which is supported by the existence of case system.

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