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To follow or to accompany

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Hejsan allihopa!

I have been gilding my Swedish tree and noticed something that has previously slipped my attention. The verb följa can mean either to follow or to accompany. I read all the comments but I am not much wiser. How can you tell the difference between the two? Are there prepositions (edit: particles) involved? Or perhaps a sig? How would you translate the following sentences:

  • I accompanied the children to school.
  • I followed the children to school.

Tack så väldigt mycket för en underbar kurs! :)

1 year ago

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I’m not a native speaker, but as far as I understood and according to my dictionary, följa can mean both, but you can distinguish the two meanings by adding particles (följa efter – to follow, följa med – to accompany). If there is no particle, you have to interpret the context.

1 year ago

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I am a native speaker, but I wouldn't have been able to explain it as well as you did... :-)

1 year ago

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Tack! Though the credit belongs to the Svensk ordbok. ;) (Hur kan jag säga det på svenska?)

1 year ago

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Maybe something along the lines of "Det var tack vare Svensk ordbok jag kunde ge ett så bra svar"... :-) Or "med hjälp av".

1 year ago

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Tack! :-)

1 year ago

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Det regnar lingoter! :)

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Oj, tack tack! :-)

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