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Infinitives - liker and vil

Hello! In trying to translate "He wants to eat", how grammatically different is the sentence "Han liker å spise" from "Han vil spise"?

November 27, 2015



I think the first one means that he likes to eat in general whereas the second sentence shows his wish to eat something now - basically "he likes eating" vs. "he wants to eat something".
That's how I would read it. I'm by no means an advanced learner, though, so no guarantees.


Native here.

  • Han liker å spise = He likes to eat / he likes eating

  • Han vil spise = He wants to eat

Hope that helped.

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