10 Norwegian phrasal verbs you need to know!

In English, a phrasal verb is a verb that is followed by a preposition (or an adverb), which takes a completely different meaning from before. In Norwegian, we call these verbs “partikkelverb”. Here are 10 phrasal verbs you need to know when you learn Norwegian:

1. Se etter – to look for

Jeg ser etter Andrea. – I am looking for Andrea.

2. Gi opp – to give up

Vi kan ikke gi opp nå! – We can’t give up now!

3. Se ut (som) – to look (like)

Han ser ut som en popstjerne! – He looks like a pop star!

4. Slappe av – to relax

Hva vil du gjøre i dag? – Jeg vil bare slappe av.

What do you want to do today? – I just want to relax.

5. Høres ut (som) – to sound (like)

Det høres riktig ut. – It sounds right.

6. Finne ut – find out; discover; figure out

Vi finner ut av det. – We figure it out.

7. Komme an på – to depend on

Når kjører vi? – Det kommer an på når vi står opp.

When are we driving? – It depends on when we get up.

8. Slå på / slå av – to turn on / to turn off

Kan du slå på musikken? – Can you turn on the music?

Kan du slå av musikken? – Can you turn off the music?

9. Bli med / være med – to join; to accompany

Vi skal på kino. Vil du bli med? – We are going to the cinema. Do you want to come with?

10. Se fram til – to look forward to

Jeg ser fram til sommerferien! – I am looking forward to the summer holidays!

Want to learn more? Check out out our articles about Norwegian idioms and learn how to swear in Norwegian.

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