Begge - begge deler - begge to

In Norwegian, there are three words/expressions all three meaning "both", but they are not used the same way!

Confused? 

Figure out if you know how to use them by taking the test below (tell me which ones are wrong in the comment field BEFORE you look at the "fasit" - correction!). When that is done, you can look at the correction and see if you figure out the rule. And when that is done, I give you the permission to read the rules at the bottom of this page (DON'T cheat, it won't serve you...).

Ready? Here are the alternatives! 

A: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge to! 

B: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge deler! 

C: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge! 

E: Hvilken nabo liker du best? Jeg liker begge to!

F: Hvilken nabo liker du best? Jeg liker begge deler! 

G: Hvilken nabo liker du best? Jeg liker begge!

H: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge to!

I: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge deler!

J: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge!

 

Go ahead, write down the ones you feel are incorrect in the comment field beloooow! 

 

Done? 

 

Ok, here are the answers: 

A: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge to! Feil. 

B: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge deler! Riktig!

C: Liker du kaffe eller te? Begge! Feil.

 

E: Hvem liker du best, Kari eller Ola? Jeg liker begge to! Riktig!

F: Hvem liker du best, Kari eller Ola? Jeg liker begge deler! Feil.

G: Hvem liker du best, Kari eller Ola? Jeg liker begge! Riktig! 

 

H: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge to! Riktig! 

I: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge deler! Feil. 

J: Liker du best kaffen eller teen? Jeg liker begge! Riktig! 

 

How did it go? Did you figure out of the rules all by yourself? If so: awesome! If not: Here are the rules: 

1. "Begge to" and "begge": are used about people and definite nouns. 

2. "Begge deler": is used about non definite nouns (when you talk about something in general and not a specific object, for instance "I like coffee". You also use it about things that cannot be counted such as "water and air", and abstract things like "peace and calm"). 

 

Now that you know the rules, why not try again and see if you figure out of it this time? 

Still difficult? Here are some more exercices for you:

Good luck :) 

Silje :)

Oups! I almost forgot to tell you: if you want to say "both + noun" (ex: both cars), then the word to use is "begge" (ex: begge bilene).