"Svaret er historisk."

Translation:The answer is historical.

September 23, 2014

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Maybe this is a question about English, but what is the difference between "historical" and "historic"? Is there a particular time when one wouldn't use one or the other? And is their a distinction between the concepts in Danish?


Historical means "relating to history", as in "a historical tour through Copenhagen." Historic usually means something closer to "historically important", as in "a historic document." At least that's how I use them.


It seems English here has two words, both adjectives, for the same concept, or almost, where Danish/Swedish has only one. I found these examples: an historic building, an historic moment. within historic times = meaning something worth to remember (whenever it happened, I suppose?). While an historical document, painting, writing is something made long ago, during some historic era. I can't say I notice a very big difference.


At least in Swedish, I would not use "historisk" for "historical", for something that merely belongs in the past. I would use it for "historic", for something memorable that had an impact on history. But the frequent use of "historisk" in this Danish course makes me wonder whether the Danes use it more freely.


There is a difference in the English words, though they sound similar and are often misused even by English speakers. The signing of a treaty is a historic moment (real and significant), while a fictional tale set in the past is historical (related to history, but not significant in itself).


(Cred: I am a native speaker of American English, and a fiction writer and proofreader.)


As an example: I wear historical clothing. My clothes are recently made but based off clothing from the past.


Is 'historisk' irregular? I guess 'svaret' is neuter, but historisk don't use -t, right?


    Adjectives ending in -sk or -isk tend not to add a t for the neuter form


    I see! Thank you!


    In UK colloquial English I would say "The answer is history!"



    That means something else. It implies that the answer is out-of-date, rather than just being old.

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