"Yes, he does."

Translation:Ja, det gör han.

November 18, 2014


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Perhaps it would be helpful for English speakers to equate this phrase with "Yes, that he does/is".

Eg: Does he like it? - Yes, that he does.

Is he sleeping? -Yes, that he is.

I don't know that it is terribly common these days, but I tend to use it quite a bit.

February 7, 2015


Thanks to you I now understand when to put det in sentences. Tack

May 3, 2016


this was answered a year ago, but thank you, nevertheless!! Kinda put things in perspective for me :)

July 10, 2016


Thanks man, have a lingot!

November 17, 2017


is "Ja, han gör." correct? It should be. i'll repot it

December 4, 2014


The reason you can't say "ja han gör" is that gör requires an object. So if you compare to 'make' instead it might get clearer – you wouldn't say "Yes, he makes" in English.

gör is not quite like 'does' in the English translation – 'does' is an auxiliary verb, but gör is a normal verb that can be used as a replacement verb instead of repeating the main verb. In English, you could say 'Yes, he does sing', but in Swedish, you cannot use gör together with another verb. Also of course you use 'do' in English to create questions, like 'Does he sing?', but gör is not used like that in Swedish.

December 30, 2016


This is exactly what I thought: the grammar in the answer seems to be, "yes, it does he". I wrote, "Ja, han gör", attempting to mean, "Yes, he does". Any further help here?

January 7, 2015


"Ja, det gör han" is the way we Swedes say "Yes, he does". " Ja, han gör" doesn't really mean anything in Swedish, it's not a full sentence. In this case, the question could be "Äter han?" meaning "Is he eating?" and the answer then "Ja, det gör han" with "det" pointing at "äter" = "eats", as in "Yes, (that) he does". "Det" could mean both "it" and "that", depending on context.

January 21, 2015


Is "jo" a response to negative enquiries and "ja" the standard?

January 25, 2015


I have the same question; would you need to know the question being asked in order to use "jo"?

February 3, 2015



February 3, 2015


Because we don't know the question, both "ja" and "jo" are potentially correct, and are thus accepted answers.

May 1, 2016


Could we use "Ja, han gör." without det, like in English "Does he do that? -Yes, he does (do that)."

November 29, 2014


No, it just doesn't sound right. Swedish wants det gör han instead.

July 13, 2015


why ? we already have the verb here ( gör ) and we have the subject ( han ) so what is the wrong with ( ja,han gör ) ?

April 27, 2016


It just isn't what a Swede would say. The sentence sounds stumped.

April 27, 2016


I'm not getting the difference between jo and ja. Apparently both mean yes.

October 14, 2015


Ja answers a positive question, jo answers a negative question.

"Äter du?"


"Äter du inte?"


October 14, 2015


Tack så mycket. Now I get it. "jo" is what "doch" is in German.

October 24, 2018


can i say "" ja , det han gor "" ?

July 13, 2015


No, verb has to go second, not last.

July 13, 2015


Can one say, "Ja, han gör det?"

Edit: Just found that Arnauti answered my question below.

November 9, 2018


if the question is " äter du ?" can the answer be : " ja , det äter jag ."

July 13, 2015


No. If that's the question, the answer will be just "ja, jag äter" or "ja, det gör jag".

It just sounds strange to use gör without an object, I suppose.

July 13, 2015


Why is the verb second here? I'm really confused.

July 26, 2016


Swedish wants the verb go second.

July 27, 2016


Is this only for questions though?

July 27, 2016


No, it doesn't apply to questions.

July 27, 2016


And what about this? Ja, han gör det. Why not this?

December 29, 2016


'Yes, he does' is the answer to a question like 'Does he …?' For instance: 'Does he speak Swedish? - Yes, he does'. In Swedish, we say this as Talar han svenska? - Ja, det gör han. This is the standard, idiomatic short answer to questions of this kind.

Ja, han gör det should normally be translated as 'Yes, he does it/that'. But it can also work if you want to say 'Yes, he does' (implying perhaps that someone else does not). It can actually have a third use too, if you stress gör a little bit, it sort of means 'Yes he does do that'. So I've added it as an accepted answer, but don't use it as the standard answer to short questions, because it will sound broken.

December 30, 2016


Yes, Cydco - thank you - that does help that he does :)

January 26, 2017


I would like to add an observation here: the pronunciation of the English 'yes, HE does' suggests and invites a perfectly valid Swedish 'ja, HAN gör' - as if it is a question of who actually does 'it'. But yes, this is marked, emphasized, use.

October 13, 2018


what about ja, han gör

August 11, 2016


No, already answered in these comments.

August 12, 2016
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