syv

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Danish[edit]

Danish cardinal numbers
 <  6 7 8  > 
    Cardinal : syv
    Ordinal : syvende
Danish Wikipedia article on syv

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse sjau, from Proto-Germanic *sebun, from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ (seven).

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

syv

  1. seven

Derived terms[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish syv. Though written Dano-Norwegian used the Danish form, the spoken koiné language (“dannet dagligtale”) mostly used the native pronunciation sju, which was then standardised during the language reforms (compare also tjue). This was, of course, facilitated by the fact that numerals are written as figures much more often than as words (as on price tags etc.).

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

syv

  1. Alternative form of sju (seven)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Syv was reduced to a byform of sju in 1938 and was removed entirely from the official standard in 1951. However, the Danish form remained in use alongside the Norwegian form and was standardised again in 2005. This form is therefore linked to a more conservative and/or formal style of writing and is more likely to be used by writers who retain other Danish forms (e.g. hverken, tyve, tredve and efter).

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