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The major difference with both English and German is that 'the' comes after the noun. There are two genders: common (made up of earlier masculine and feminine; the latter still has distinct forms in speech: ei 'a' and -a 'the'), e.g. en mann 'a man' -> mannen 'the man' and neuter, e.g. et hus 'a house' -> huset 'the house' (the t is not pronounced).
You may find gender is different from what you expect from German. For example, universitet is neuter, not feminine.

Further information on nouns


The plural ending is -er for common and polysyllabic neuter nouns, e.g. katter 'cats'. Monosyllabic neuter nouns e.g. hus have no ending in the plural, i.e. hus.