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Difference between "de" and "dom"?

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I've been listening to Mamma Mia in Swedish lately, and learning Swedish here on Duolingo as well. In Mamma Mia, the word for "they" is "dom", the lyrics are even spelled that way. But on Duolingo, it's spelled as "de." They sound to me to be pronounced exactly the same. Is "dom" an incorrect spelling, or a dialectal spelling, or a totally different word?

Also, what's the difference between "är" and "e"? Just cutting out the "r" sound? (i.e. "Jag e inte dum")

Tack så mycket!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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The tricky thing with "dom" is that both "de" (they) and "dem" (them) are pronounced "dom". In formal writing I guess it's good to avoid "dom", but I'm sure it will be accepted eventually. Especially since so many people have problems with de and dem :).

I found some more colloquial forms in the Mamma Mia lyrics:
Dagarna har vart gråa (where "vart" is a common pronunciation of "varit" - been)
Vem kan räkna dom dar ... (where "dar" is a common pronunciation of "dagar" - days)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

"De" is pronounced "dom," it's just how it is. They also probably are cutting off the r in "är." PS awesome profile pic!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xXBad_WolfXx
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Thanks for the answer!!!

PS: Thanks!!! Awesome username!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lars200
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Dom is used in the spoken language but when we write, we use de and dem. NB, it is also correct to use de and dem when you speak, at least in formal context. Likewise, you can also write dom in some contexts, for example when reciting dialogues or in informal messages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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Well, I am pretty sure that in the Scanian dialect of Swedish, it is spelled as dom. However, they mean and sound the exact same thing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lundgren8
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The colloquial spelling of dom is common regardless of dialect in Sweden. Also, dialects are not typically written so you don’t very often see someone saying ”in my dialect, X is spelled like this”.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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Oh! Thank you! I learnt something new today!

2 years ago