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From Old Swedish þænni, from Old Norse þessi, sjá, (runic: ᛋᛅᛋᛁ = sāsi), from the demonstrative pronoun + an intensive suffix -si. The form denna is specifically from the Old Norse masculine accusative form þenna.


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denna c (neuter detta, masculine denne, plural dessa)

  1. this, that (depending on context).
    Dessa skrifter är heliga!
    These writings are sacred.
    Varför detta ständiga gräl?
    Why this neverending fighting?

Usage notes[edit]

The standard has been that denna or its inflected forms are followed by a noun in the indefinite forms but in certain dialects such as parts of Scania it's common to have a noun in the definite form, such as what you do with den där and den här.

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denna c (neuter detta, plural dessa)

  1. this one, this (if not followed by a noun, in neuter), that one, that (if not followed by a noun, in neuter) (depending on context).
    Vad är detta?
    What is this?
    Jag vill ha denna!
    I want this one!

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  1. Alternative form of dänna