23:59 Aug 21, 2000
English to Norwegian translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: simple
I would want to know if : be simple is
vaer enkel eller vaere enkel
pia sthl

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Andy Bell
navær enkel
navære enkel/vær enkel
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være enkel/vær enkel

The clause "be simple" can be both an infinitive clause and an imperative clause, and you'll have to find out which it is in the source text before you can choose between "være enkel" (infinitive) and "vær enkel" (imperative).

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vær enkel

Depending on the context it could also mean "være enkel", but then it would more than likely be preceded by the infinitive "to", so my bet would be the imperative "be simple" - "vær enkel"

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156 days

Yes and no. To be simple dvs a task or job can be simple - like enkel, meaning easy , not difficult. a person can also be described as "simple" eg "he's a bit simple", meaning a bit stupid or not very clever, often educationally sub-normal or with learning difficulties.

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