For many learners it is difficult to distinguish some short adverbs that name places and directions. In English we say only “outside”, “upstairs”, but in Norwegian such adverbs have two forms: “ut” and “ute”; “opp” and “oppe”. One form you use for expressing the direction, while the other for naming a location. Let us take a closer look!
As you can see, most adverbs of location add -e at the end. Compare the two:
Jeg må gå ut. – I have to go out.
Jeg er ute. – I am outside.
Jeg skal hjem snart. – I will go home soon.
Jeg er hjemme nå. – I am at home now.
Now let’s practice!
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