kunna

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃-.

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Verb[edit]

kunna (third person singular past indicative kundi, third person plural past indicative kundu, supine kunnað)

  1. can, to be able to
  2. to know

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kunna (preterite-present verb, third-person singular present indicative kann, third-person singular past indicative kunni, supine kunnað)

  1. (with accusative) to know, to be able to, to know how to
    Kanntu þetta?
    Do you know this?

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

kunna (present tense kan, past tense kunne, past participle kunna)

  1. Alternative form of kunne

Old Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kunnaną.

Verb[edit]

kunna

  1. to be able (to), can

Descendants[edit]

  • North Frisian:
    Föhr-Amrum: kön
    Hallig: kune
    Helgoland: kan
    Mooring: koone
    Sylt: ken
  • Saterland Frisian: konne
  • West Frisian: kinne

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kunnaną. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (to know).

Verb[edit]

kunna

  1. to know, understand, be able to
  2. to know (by memory)
  3. to know, be familiar with (a person)

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References[edit]

  • kunna in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Old Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną.

Verb[edit]

kunna

  1. can, to be able
  2. to know

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish kunna, from Old Norse kunna, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kunna (present kan, preterite kunde, supine kunnat)

  1. can, to be able to
  2. to know, to have as knowledge
  3. to know, to understand
  4. to know how to do

Usage notes[edit]

The English verb know has several different translations in Swedish, and the correct choice is not always obvious:

  • veta – This is used mainly about theoretical knowledge (to know individual facts), while kunna also assumes ability, or even proficiency in the use of the knowledge.
  • veta om – To be aware of.
  • känna – To know about a person or their intentions (also: to recognize someone, to know someone's name).
  • känna till – About knowing a (small) specific piece of fact; be (loosely) aware of. May indicate that the facts are a bit distant or less important to the person.

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