Swedish: Is there a difference between 'lille' & 'små?'

[deactivated user]

    Is there some sort of difference between the two words? If so, what? Whenever I use 'små' has an option, Duolingo nearly always counts it as an error or at least much less preferred to 'lille.' I'm now avoiding 'små' entirely, despite using small much more in my native language (English) than little. Tack, tak, kiitos, giitu, etc.

    July 23, 2018

    5 Comments


    https://www.duolingo.com/baerghest

    "Lille" is singular, "små" is plural.

    July 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MagnusBoiv

    That is correct.

    A small car - En liten bil

    A small house - Ett litet hus

    Small cars - Små bilar

    Small houses - Små hus

    The small car - Den lilla bilen

    The small house - Det lilla huset

    The small cars - De små bilarna

    The small houses - De små husen

    "Lille" is the masculine form of "Lilla". It's not used so often anymore.

    The small boy - Den lille pojken / Den lilla pojken

    July 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/noct9rn

    Why is it Småland then? Shouldn't it be Lilleland?

    July 30, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MagnusBoiv

    Småland was originally made up of 12 small lands. So it is plural.

    July 30, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Thanks Everybody - things like this are why it's be nice if Duolingo could tell you WHY something is wrong, instead of just labelling it wrong.

      July 23, 2018
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