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What's the difference between "tid" and "gång"?

I know that these two words mean time in Swedish, but I can't figure out when I should use one over the over. Would anyone be willing to help out with my problem?

2 weeks ago

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tid is for a duration of time, like det tar mycket tid = "it takes a lot of time", or det var på tiden! = "it's about time!"

gång is for time in the meaning of individual repeated occurrences, like "I kicked the ball five times" = jag sparkade på bollen fem gånger.

2 weeks ago

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This helps a lot, thanks.

2 weeks ago

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"tid" is the general concept of time. It was time to go - det var tid att gå". At what time does the party start? - Vilken tid börjar festen?

"gång" is used to count events/actions as in "I read this book three times" - Jag läste den här bok tre gånger. That was the first time I read the book - det var den första gång jag läste boken.

2 weeks ago

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Tid is more related to a period of time or a span of time, while gång is more directed to walking, moving, motion, etc. I hope that was useful.

1 week ago

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That sense of gång means "walk" or "walking", so it's not really what OP asked about.

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