Hvis det er sånn det er, hva gjør vi?

English Translation

If so, then what do we do?

I don’t understand what the “det er” is doing in this sentence. If anyone can give some insight, that would be very helpful!

“Det er sånn det er” is roughly “It is so it is”, a bit of Nordic linguistic redundancy.

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Ah, thank you! Phrasing it that way makes it much clearer. I suppose it’s related to the way English uses “so it is”, or possibly “it is what it is”.

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