There are two indefinite articles (corresponding to a and an) in Danish: en and et. En is used with most of the nouns (words denoting people almost always use en), but you will just have to learn which article goes with which noun. The definite article (the) is not a separate word like in most other languages. It is simply a form of the indefinite article attached to the end of the noun. Note that en words ending in a vowel retain that vowel and add an -n instead of adding -en, while et words ending in -e just add a -t.
|En words (common)|
|en banan||a banana||bananen||the banana|
|en stol||a chair||stolen||the chair|
|en gade||a street||gaden||the street|
|Et words (neuter)|
|et bord||a table||bordet||the table|
|et køkken||a kitchen||køkkenet||the kitchen|
|et æble||an apple||æblet||the apple|
This/that is expressed in Danish by using denne (en words) or dette (et words) and these/those is expressed by disse. The noun is always in the indefinite form after these demonstratives, except for when these / disse (plural) is used, in which case an er is added (unless the words already ends in an r) after the indefinite demonstrative.
this banana = denne banan
that table = dette bord
these streets = disse gader
these apples = disse æbler
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