Swedish : "ett kaffe" or "en kaffe" ?
Hi everybody. I noticed that the good translation of "the coffee" is "kaffet". But surprisingly, when I ask Google translation to translate "a coffee", it says "en kaffe". Why not "ett kaffe" ? Thank you !
Simple. If you say "ett kaffe" you're referring to the type of beans, but if you say "en kaffe" it's a cup of coffe. Example. "Jag vill ha en kaffe med ett kaffe från Brasilien". If you go to a café you might say "en espresso, tack" or "en svart kaffe, tack" or "en kaffe med mjölk, tack" or "en cappucino, tack" or "en latte, tack" (depending on the degree of milk and coffe, stronger coffe in the beginning, and lots of milk toward the end of the list).
I would assume that to be because "en kaffe" would merely be a shortened form of "en kopp kaffe". "Kaffe" itself is uncountable, and thus doesn't really get used with an indefinite article in other situations. This is actually the same in English. "A coffee" usually refers to a cup of coffee.