the difference bettween "ej" and "inte"

what is the difference between "ej" and "inte" and how we know which one to use?

March 1, 2017


Ej is more formal and rarely used in spoken Swedish.

March 2, 2017

I am not sure that "ej" is necessarily more formal ("inte" would also be perfectly acceptable in written laws etc.), but it is certainly more old fashioned and, as you write, rarely used in spoken Sweden.

March 2, 2017

If you're still interested, I've written a longer answer with examples in Swedish here:

You get a bonus too, that is “icke”.

May 30, 2018
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