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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse .

Verb[edit]

  1. present tense of måtte (may)
  2. Imperative of måtte.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

  1. present tense of måtte

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

  1. present tense of måtta and måtte

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mega, from Proto-Germanic *maganą, from Proto-Indo-European *magʰ-, *megʰ-.

Verb[edit]

(past tense måtte)

  1. may, must
    Ja, hon leva uti hundrade år!
    Yes, may she live a hundred years! (birthday congratulation song)
    Men kunna de icke leva återhållsamt, så de gifta sig
    But if they cannot contain, let them marry (1 Corinthians 7:9)
    på det att du icke förgås
    lest thou be consumed (Genesis 19:15)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

  1. to feel (good or bad), to be (ill or well)
    Jag mår bra. Hur mår du?
    I'm fine. How are you?
    Den polska hären led oerhördt af den stränga vintern, under det svenskarne mådde som perlor i guld.
    The Polish army suffered enormously from the strong winter cold, while the Swedes felt like pearls in gold.

Conjugation[edit]