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var, vart, vår, svar, svart, svår...

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I had problems to differentiate between all these similar-looking words so I created a list with their meanings. I think there are even more words and translation that would fit into my table but I just listed the ones that appeared in my Swedish course (so far). Maybe you can benefit from my work aswell or correct or amend it.

var = every

var = pus

var = was/were

var = where

vart = where to

vår = spring

vår / vårt / våra = our

svar = answer

svara = to answer

svära = to swear

svart / svart / svarta = black

svår / svårt / svåra = difficult

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pinnariskogen
pinnariskogen
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You have a nice list going.

I don't think that "var" as in "every" is used very often, though (it sounds quite... old). Most Swedes would probably use the word "varje".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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I think, "var" didn’t even appear in the lessons with that meaning. But I have added it because of its frequent appearance in phrases like "var som helst". I assumed that "every" is the closest translation there.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pinnariskogen
pinnariskogen
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I think that "var" would mean "where" in that phrase as well. It would translate as "wherever [you would like]" or something similar.

You can do this with most of the so called question adverbs. När som helst = whenever. Hur som helst = however. Vem som helst = whoever/whomever. Vilken/vilket/vilka som helst = whichever. Vad som helst = whatever.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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Oh, that makes much more sense! Do you know, if I maybe just mistook it with another idiom, or is there no chance at all to use it in an every-day sentence?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pinnariskogen
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You could say "var person bestämmer själv" and that would mean "every person decides for her/himself" but it sounds quite antiquated.

"Var och en" is a more commonly used phrase which would mean something like "each and everyone" or perhaps "every person [separately]".

I'm probably forgetting something really obvious but I'm having a hard time thinking of an every day sentence where "var" would mean "every."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pinnariskogen
pinnariskogen
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Oh, one more thing.

"Vart fjärde år" means "every forth year" so "vart" can, in this instance, be "every"!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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I think "var och en" was possibly in the lessons, so I don’t have to remove "var". Thank you! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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Don't forget the very similar 'svära', which means 'to swear' or 'to vow'. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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I did not add it because it does not appear in the course, or does it later?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
Zmrzlina
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Oh, and let's not forget "vad", which can mean what, bet/wager (noun), calf (the muscle) or ford. ;p

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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Yes, obviously the list could go on and on. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas161932

also:

var = was

var = pus

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ultorex
Ultorex
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Thanks, I added it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arlette862115

Thanks! I'm kind of lazy so I'm happy you did the work :-)

1 year ago
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