ætla

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ætla. Landt 1800[1] mentions it as typical Faroese in contrast to Danish tænke, slutte.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

at ætla (third person singular past indicative ætlaði, supine ætlað)

  1. to plan, to intend
  2. to think

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jørgen Landt: Forsøg til en Beskrivelse over Færøerne. Copenhagen 1800, reprinted 1965. (p. 249)

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse ætla.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

ætla (weak verb, third-person singular past indicative ætlaði, supine ætlað)

  1. to intend, to plan, to mean to, be going to
    Ég ætlaði ekki að særa þig.
    I didn't mean to hurt you.
    Hún ætlaði alltaf að passa upp á hann.
    She was always going to keep an on him.
    Hættu þessu, asninn þinn! Ég ætlaði að sitja þarna!
    Stop that, you idiot! I was going to sit there!
  2. to indend to go
    Ég ætla heim!
    I'm going home!
  3. (of inanimate things, happenings, etc. or impersonal) to be going to (indicating a likely course of events)
    það ætlar að rigna
    it's going to rain
  4. to think, to believe, suppose, be of the opinion (that)
    Farið er að skýja, og ætla ég að fljótlega byrji að rigna.
    It is getting cloudy, and I think it will soon start raining.
  5. (ditransitive) to believe (something) (of someone)
  6. (ditransitive) to intend (someone) (to do something)
  7. (present subjunctive) to wonder, to suppose
    Hvað ætli forsetinn sé að gera núna?
    I wonder what the president is doing now.
    Átt þú ekki að vera í skólanum?Ætli það ekki.
    Aren't you supposed to be at school? — I suppose so.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb ætla is an auxiliary verb much used in Icelandic.
    Ég ætla að fara í bíó.
    I am going (I intend to go) to the cinema.
  • Also used to ask for something in stores.
    Ég ætla að fá eina kók.
    One Coke, please. (I intend to have one Coke.)

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