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Translation:The citizen

August 17, 2015



Is it "citizen" in a sense of "city dweller" or in a sense of "having state citizenship"?


I looked at the SAOB dic and it seemed to define it as the latter.


I don't know if this is the direct translation in German, but it's really similar to "Mitbürger". Maybe it helps someone remembering it


I wonder whether it also has more of a connotation of "fellow citizen".


Hej, wouldn't 'the citizens' be a correct translation as well? Or does Medborgare have a plural-form different from Medborgare? As it is no sentence i cannot guess from the context whether singular or plural is ment here. Tack for hjälpen


Yes, the plural definite of words on -are is -arna. So here, the citizens would translate to "medborgarna".

Words on -are are the same in indefinite singular and plural (en medborgare, två medborgare) but in the definite the difference is medborgaren and medborgarna respectively.

Does that help? :)


Tack så mycket för hjälpen. - I really have my struggle with definite plural-forms and so your answer was very helpfull.


Thank you for your answer! Is it applied to only en- words or ett- words too?


how is "medborgaren" different from "invånaren"? invånaren is the preferred term for "the citizen" given by Google Translate


As I understand it, 'medborgaren' is national identity, but does not imply residence (that is, citizenship as in what's put on a passport), while 'invånaren' is more along the lines of 'inhabitant' (someone who lives somewhere, part of the population, etc). Assuming this is correct, it's possible to be a medborgare o a country but not an invånare of it (you're living abroad, but have citizenship in that country), or to be an invånare of a country but not a medborgare of it (foreign national with a residence permit).

Google Translate seems to be preferring the more commonly used definition of citizen in everyday speech here.


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