"The boy reads a letter."
Translation:Pojken läser ett brev.
Why is it different to write: a) Pojken läser ett brev and b) En pojke läser ett brev?
I put pojken läser en brev and got it wrong. Is there a difference between brev, and bokstav?
In addition to what AtalinaDove said, en bokstav means 'a letter' as in A, B, C, not as in 'a love letter'. Both are accepted though.
gotcha... so pojke is boy (no article) pojken is the boy (definite article) and en pojke is a boy (indefinite article)? so in general if I see en or ett, the means a/an?
Well, as you posted this five months ago, I imagine you have figured this out by now. For anyone else currently going through this lesson (like me!), the answer is "no." As I understand it so far, the only way to know is to memorize which words go with "en" and which ones go with "ett."
Well, it has a way for words that indicate person, they usually end with en- except ett barn, ett öga, ett öra, ett hjärta. Correct me if I was wrong.. n.n
Is it just the way she speaks, or do you not pronounce the v at the end of "brev"? Is 'v' generally silent in Swedish or are there just exceptions?
Yes, please someone help pronunciation of "brev". It sounds like she is pronouncing it "brain".
ett brev is 'a letter' as in 'a letter to my mom' but en bokstav is 'a letter' as in A, B, C.
What is the difference between "en" and "ett"? It is different cases or just different articles?
Swedish has two genders, and we use en for one and ett for the other.
It's ett brev ('a letter' as in 'a love letter') but en bokstav ('a letter' as in A, B, C). If you put the wrong article, the computer thinks the easiest way to fix it is to keep the article and switch the noun to one that goes with that article. Not very clever, but that's how it works at the moment, I'm afraid.
En or ett is related to the gramatical gender of the noun, not how a noun starts. The problem is that there is not a way to tell the gramatical gender of a noun, so basically you have to learn which words are which
One thing I've found that really helps me with this is to try to learn the word in the definite form, rather than in the indefinite form. For example: flicka (girl) - I learn it as 'flickan' (the girl) ... or ... hus (house) - I learn it as 'huset' (the house)
That helps me to get the gender and endings thoroughly attached to the word.
You don't. You memorize which noun you use with one with. Most nouns use en from what I've seen, but the grammatical gender is just one of those unfortunate things that you have to memorize. (If you know how German uses der, die, and das, it's much like that).
I wrote the answer correctly but it says it is wrong. It says it should be "Killen läser ett brev." I have not seen this word Killen yet. What does it mean??
I realised (because I took a snapshot of it on my phone) that I had spelled Pojken wrong. It had a typo l in it and I think that made it correct to Killen. So if you got this error maybe check you spelled it right?
I believe* killen is akin to the English word guy.
*Not a native speaker just what I saw when checking it up online.
That's correct, kille is a little more colloquial and can be older + can mean 'boyfriend' on its own. You're right that the machine isn't very good at showing you what's really wrong with your answer – if you put en instead of ett, it will try to replace the noun instead of the article for instance, that kind of thing. The computer doesn't think like a human yet :D
Why is "pojken läser ett brev" wrong for "the boy reads a letter? Why is the answer "killen" for the boy correct
You aren't, but the machine tries to match your input to whatever it thinks is the closest accepted answer. (see other posts on this page about this too)
i used en bver but it was wrong... and they show me another word wich i see at first time...
A brev is the kind of letter you send as mail. A bokstav is a letter like a, b, c, etc.
why they use here ett? THat means "an" but asked is "a" so it has to be en brev? Or have i understood it wrong?
Yes, you've understood wrong. en and ett have nothing to do with "a" and "an".
In English, you use "an" if the next sound is a vowel sound, and "a" otherwise.
In Swedish, it depends on the gender of the word, which can be either en or ett. Just like German ein/eine, Spanish un/una, and so on.
All nouns in Swedish have a gender - either common (en) or neuter (ett). The word brev is of the neuter gender, so it's always ett brev.