https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Swedish prepositions = nightmare

I am stuck on lesson 16 (time). It isn't the actual terms.. it's the prepositions. I absolutely cannot tell when I am supposed to use pa, i, om, or even for and till sometimes. I keep doing the review test over and over and over. I'm sick of it. I still get them wrong. I have done a few of the next lesson (family), but hate to go on when I am still so confused about the prepositions. What should I do? Should I just move forward or should I keep drilling and drilling and drilling for eternity? I am frustrated.

July 28, 2019

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Skidbladner

My advice would be to move on and make it a habit to return to the prepositions now and then. Prepositions belong to those things that are really tricky in any language and one really has to take ones time and see a lot of examples before one can even hope to get a feel for them.

When you, or anyone else that has trouble with the prepositions, know enough Swedish to use a monolingual dictionary, I would recommend looking at the definitions and above all reading all the examples in Svensk Ordbok while comparing the different cases. Most people will need to do this repeatedly.

Svensk Ordbok is one of the dictionaries that can be found at svenska.se and the examples show up when you press the "Visa Mer +" links.

I give the links for the prepositions you mentioned so you at least can take a quick look at them at this stage.

  1. : https://svenska.se/so/?id=41686

  2. i: https://svenska.se/so/?id=21668

  3. om: https://svenska.se/so/?id=37434

  4. för: https://svenska.se/so/?id=15206

  5. till: https://svenska.se/so/?id=54074

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.Storr.

I second moving on and returning occassionally for some practice. I know the feeling that you're describing from games when I tried to finish every single level with all stars/perfect score, in the end I got so frustrated that I gave up and stopped playing at all. It would be a pity if that happened to you. Some more personal experience, sometimes the brain needs a break to let everything sink in and when you return later everything seems to be easier. Besides that, as you move on and start using Swedish, sooner or later you'll get a feeling for it.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Thank you.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

I believe I will do that and thank you for the links.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SRW.Mack

Do you know which prepositions are the most commonly used?

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristianKumpula

I think one of my Swedish teachers back in upper secondary school once said that there's no point in trying to find logic in it, so it's best to just tough it out and try to learn their correct applications by heart.

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Thank you.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lichtnoire

On Clozemaster, for Swedish there is a group called Prepositions in the Grammar Challenges section with 1077 sentences to practice using på, i, över, längs, nästa, etc. Practicing sentences there might help ease you into knowing which to use in which situation.

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

I will check it out. Thank you. I feel like such an idiot!

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

I checked out Clozemaster and I am unsure that I am using it correctly. It just throws a bunch of sentences at me with unknown words from which I am to select to finish a sentence. The problem with this is that it is all just guesswork. Is there a word list somewhere or am I just expected to not be a noob?

July 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiaislearning

Be patient with yourself honey, we're all rooting for you. We all get stuck on a lesson every now and then.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Thanks all you guys. I am going to charge on ahead and hope for the best.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seeheer

I find the easiest way is to learn the sentence which has the preposition in. Just like you learned your native language.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

I agree. My actual knowledge of grammar is through use only, and repetition. In English and now in Swedish.

And by commenting, I get to see if I have leveled up recently, since my profile no longer gives me that information.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trilby16

Ah. Still at 22. OK. But I do feel I've had a breakthrough recently. Watching BonusFamilj I hear so many more words that I know -- manga ord! -- than before.

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Is that the way I learned English? I don't know.. it's been awhile. Thank you.

July 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/friespies

Your question would have been more interesting if you would have given your language background. I still get them wrong sometimes too. But in a real situation, I think one would still be understood even with mistaken forms, so better not get stuck on it.

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missie524400

Haha. I cannot make my question more interesting because I, myself, am not interesting. I am a native English speaker. Three years of Spanish and now beginner in Swedish. That's it. I see your varied and wide language studies and I am in awe. Kudos to you.

July 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/friespies

Oh, it´s not too much to it. Mostly curiosity.

July 28, 2019
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