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Past Perfect in Swedish

Hej, I am really confused re past perfect and how to use it in Swedish. The notes say you use it to describe past things (obviously), but the example 'what you did last weekend' sounds to me like simple past.

The sentences in the lesson don't really help me, either. I would never say, f. ex. 'Jag hade ringt min son' to convey that I called my son, but rather use the simple past form here.

Much appreciated if anyone can help me here. Tack :)

June 3, 2019

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I'm not great with grammar rules, but native in Swedish. Generally I would only use past perfect to describe something in relation to something else (in time). Such as:

"När polisen kom hade jag (redan) ringt min son". : When the police arrived, I had (already) called my son.

Or in cases of conditional sentence structure such as:

"Om han hade sagt ja, hade jag stannat": If he had said yes, I would have stayed.

Does that make sense?

June 3, 2019

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It does, thank you! (It's then very much the same as in English)

June 3, 2019
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