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Just a hinty hint hint trick for the Swedish learners! If this hasn't been told before

I don't know if this is helpful for anybody but I've seen a lot of people having trouble with the "De" and "Dem"

The thing is a lot of native speakers have difficulty themselves but here is the hint.

Follow your stomach feeling, OR-

Think of that "De" is for "jag, du, han, hon, DE" While Dem is for "oss, ni, DEM"

I don't know if this exist in the grammar section in the Swedish course here, but I just wanted to share this because I love when people learns my native language xD

2 years ago

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It might be easier to relate it to English: de is to dem as "they" is to "them".

2 years ago

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Exactly, that's how I do it!

2 years ago

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I always thought the same when I was unsure.

2 years ago

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You have a mistake in your original post: you mean "oss, er, dem". Also, it makes more sense to compare the same pronouns: either "jag, du, han, hon, de" vs. "mig, dig, honom, henne, dem" , or "vi, ni, de" vs. "oss, er, dem", or to compare them all together.

2 years ago

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Ah no I didn't mistake it- Er and Ni has the same definition thus I took it. But nevertheless you're right honestly, I should have compared them like that instead of my own way but yeah~

2 years ago

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To me the issue is not with the meaning but with the lady who pronounce it, so I never hear it properly.

2 years ago

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They're typically pronounced the same, which admittedly can get confusing.

2 years ago

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I would go further and say they are always pronounced the same in standard Swedish. Dialect speakers may differentiate them though.

2 years ago

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I second that!!!! Indeed that is what I forgot to say as well haha

2 years ago