The Alternative Swedish Dictionary: de

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de etymology From Old Norse þeir, from Proto-Germanic *þai (with noun ending -r). Alternative forms: (informal) dom, (informal) di pronunciation
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  • (Sweden) /dɔm/, (formal) /deː/, (dialectal) /diː/, /dɪ/
  • (Finland) /diː/
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  1. they
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  1. the, a definite article used in the beginning of noun phrases containing attributive adjectives and nouns in the plural. This article is used together with the definite suffix of the noun to indicate the definiteness of the noun phrase. de gröna bilarna the green cars
The same type of noun phrases with singular nouns instead use den (common gender) or det (neuter) for this function. Some definite noun phrase with attributive adjectives may skip these preceding articles. This is the case especially for many lexicalized noun phrases and also for many noun phrases working as proper names of organisations, geographical places, TV shows, events and similar. Brittiska öarna The British Isles While the personal pronoun de has an object form and a genitive form, the definite article de is unaffected by the syntactic role of the noun phrase.

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