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De vet du - what does it exactly mean?

Hello! As you may know, there is this TV Show - Melodifestivalen. I've been watching it and I got a little confused with band name "De Vet Du".

What exactly does this band name means? At first, I thought that it means "You know them", but as I know from learning in Duolingo - "de" means "they" and "dem" means "them", so I got kind of confused with that. When I put it into Google Translate, it translated as "You know that". I am wondering why? Why "de" is "that" in this case?

Can someone please explain this to me?

March 7, 2017

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusBoiv

"Det vet du" means "You know that". The t in 'det' is silent in some dialects / sociolects.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

I might add to our learners that the final T in "det" is silent in virtually all Swedish dialects and sociolects. Pronouncing it would sound weird and off.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Altomar_

Also De would be pronounced dom

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusBoiv

Another band, that was famous in the 90s, was called "Just D". The meaning of that band name should be "just det" (just that). The letter D is also pronounced like "det" with silent t.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagnusBoiv

There's also a song called "E' de' det här du kallar kärlek", which is short for "Är det det här du kallar kärlek" (Is it this you call love). In that song only the first 'det' gets a silent t. At least in the title. When I'm listening to the song, I can't really hear the t in the second 'det' either.

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mandelmassa

I'd say the final t is made silent by the majority of Swedish speakers, but I don't have any statistics. :P

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

I was wondering the same thing. It's a pity Road Trip didn't make it to the final... I'm personally most surprised about Loreen though :'(

March 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tjuvjakt

It's also something you say, popular by younger people, just like this

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=You%20know%20it

I myself use it sometimes

March 8, 2017
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