"Tager du afsted?"

Translation:Are you leaving?

November 8, 2014



You could think of it as "Taking Leave" and just grammared... Danishly ;)

December 16, 2014


I think it's easier to remember as "taking off"

October 7, 2018


That helps a lot! Thank you, as english is not my first language I struggle sometimes to find a twist to Danish in English (so much easier than in my first language). Are you taking THE LEAVE??? So that's the option you're choosing, HUH! (hahaha ok now I won't forget hehe)

April 11, 2018


I don't get this sentence. Could someone explain it, especially using of "afsted"?

November 8, 2014


"Afsted" (as of 2012, it could also be "af sted") is an adverb that is often used with the verb "at tage" ("to take"). When "afsted" and "tage" become "tage afsted", it means leaving.


  • Jeg tager toget (I take the train)

  • Jeg tager afsted nu (I am leaving now)

November 8, 2014


Interesting. We commonly use "taking off" in English for "leaving" too. I wonder if that's where we got it from...

November 26, 2014


Also used to hear of one "taking one's leave" of one, especially in British and Canadian English. The phrase still exists in the military (taking leave) and inserted into other sentences (i.e. to take leave of one's senses).

July 7, 2015


Is it commonly used in Danmark? How about "jeg går nu"? Would it be also correct? For me the one with "afsted" sounds very formal but I'm just a beginner in Danish, so I'd like to have a comment on this, please.

April 5, 2016


They are both very common

June 6, 2017


Mhm, I see. Thank you and have a lingot!

November 8, 2014


Have a lingot? ;-)

August 8, 2019


I had the multiple choice one for this. Could "are you off?" not be accepted as it means are you leaving in English just an informal expression.

January 10, 2015


Would "are you taking a leave" be correct in this?

February 11, 2015


No, i would translate that to "tager du orlov", that is a long break from work.

February 25, 2015


I put 'You are leaving'? and it was wrong, yet the answer is 'are you leaving'? ...

February 4, 2015


Because Duolingo ignores punctuation in your answer, and "You are leaving" is a statement, not a question. You might get away with it in speech by having a rising inflection, but Duolingo isn't tolerant of that particular quirk of non-standard English.

March 10, 2015


Because "you are leaving" is saying that the person is leaving in a question but "are you leaving" is asking if the person is leaving. They are different things.

July 8, 2015


I have just done the same thing. Frustrating.

February 7, 2015


Speaker siger afsted med tryk på af som i afsked. I afsted ligger trykket på sted

January 21, 2016


So that's where the expression "take your leave" comes from.

December 6, 2016


Dunno why you were voted down; seemed kinda gratuitous. In any case, the expression's equivalent in German would be "Abschied nehmen" = "to take leave (of someone) or, quite simply used in the sense of "To say goodbye". Another way of saying "to say goodbye" or "to bow out", is the reflexive verb "sich verabschieden".

March 5, 2017

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I don't know about the common origin. The 'schied' in 'Abschied' means 'to separate', while 'sted' in 'afsted' means 'place'.

March 5, 2017


You're right! They aren't related. I realized about sted as in "place", but I thought that somewhere down the line, way back in Indo-European, sted/stad and Scheid/schied had an common origin. Now I know. So thanks!

March 5, 2017


I think abshied would translate into afsked. Its to leave or say goodbye to someone

June 23, 2018



Am I leaving? = Tager jeg er afsted?

January 2, 2016

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Nej, 'tager jeg afsted'.

May 3, 2016


I believe everything have explanation grammatically talking but other languages have insides particular ways and sometimes we just need learn by heart...i mean believe your ear will get use to it.

February 10, 2017


How often does this construction occur in spoken Danish? Is there another verb for this?

(Just out of interest)

November 19, 2017


"Are you taking your leave" should be accepted, right?

August 22, 2018
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