hi, i'm a begginer and can i ask you how can i make sentences in past tense?
Hey there! c:
To make a sentence in past tense, all you’ll really have to do is conjugate the verb. Just like English (and most Germanic languages), Norwegian verbs are either weak verbs or strong verbs - which can make things hella complicated - but I’ll do my best to explain the basics!
Svake Verb i Preteritum - Weak Verbs in Past Tense
Just like in English, weak verbs are the easiest to learn because they all follow a certain pattern.
In Norwegian you’ll mainly find 4 different patterns for weak verbs:
Pattern #1: the “-te”-ending When to use: If the verb has a long vowel OR ends with “-mme”
Long vowels: (most verbs end on “-e”, which should be replaced by the “-te”)
Sterke Verb i Preteritum - Strong Verbs in Past Tense
Strong verbs don’t really have any endings, but the verb itself will change, like how “sing” turns into “sang” in English. There aren’t that many (common) strong verbs in Norwegian, thankfully - but, unfortunately, for the ones we do have, there isn’t really any ‘pattern’ to follow.