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"Det är en jordgubbe."

Translation:It is a strawberry.

November 18, 2014



I'm not quite sure of the 3rd person neuter articles but what's the rule with den vs det? Shouldn't it be "den är en jordgubbe" because strawberry is a common noun?


Swedish phrases always needs to have a subject. if there is no natural subject we insert det to be this subject. This is a different function of the word det than its use as the definitite article.


No, it's det.

Vad är det [där]?

Det är en jordgubbe.

BTW, jordgubbe = earth (old) man. :)


Ok, guess I'm still not quite understanding it. I would understand if the translation were "that is a strawberry" but the translation is "IT is a strawberry". Is there not a distinction between en-words being den and ett-words being det?

Haha, I did not notice that. I will never look at strawberries the same way again :)


You are not answering his question at all...


Can it be "this" instead of "that" strawberry?


IMO yes it could be. Det functions pretty close to the same way as the Russian Это. It basically can mean this/that/it. But this isn't accepted as a translation for the course, probably because if you want to specifically say 'this', in Swedish, you can say Det här (lit. It/this/that here). For "that" we can use Det där (lit. It/this/that there).

Det is used for a regular general function of "it", like starting a sentence with "it". It also stands in place of an et noun, when referring to the et noun in a sentence.

  • Det är ett hus. (det = general it function)
  • Det är liten. (det = it, referring to the thing (huset), but without it in the sentence)

Den, does not function as a general "it". Den functions only as "it" for en words, when the sentence does not include the subject you are talking about, but you refer to the subject.

  • Det är EN fågel. (det = general it function)
  • DEN är liten. (den = it, referring to the thing (fågeln), but without it in the sentence)

Det, Den, De, are used as a "the" article when there is an adjective describing a noun. The noun receives its regular plural or singular ending (and a or the) ending, and then before the adjective describing the noun, den det or de is inserted as well. Which one, depends on the ending of the noun.

This is all just my crazy understanding though, so I could be wrong :')


You deserve an Oscar for this comment :) you just made every thing about det and den clear, thanks a ton


just like det finns right?


It explains why my russian self mix them up so much


The duolingo said "this is a ... strawberry " was wrong it should be "that is a ..." but i wonder the same as i am no native english speaker.


Why does the Swedish in duo not have speech recognition such as the Spanish?


I love strawberry in Swedish...




det ar en - is pronunced like " de en". No 't' at the end of 'det' and "ar" is completely gone.


When speaking fast, some letters aren't pronounced and "det" and "är" are pronounced "together" : "deär en jordgubbe"


As Sissile said, but also the "t" at the end of "det" is never pronounced. It's simply one of those old words with a new pronunciation that's not reflected in its spelling.


I wrote Swedish repeatedly in answer and it said that I typed English. I finally slid my fingers across the letters allowing random letters to be selected and autocorrect chose words for me. Then I was finally told my answer was wrong and given the correct words in Swedish. I am fairly sure my first answers given over and over were mostly correct and definitely not in English. Then when reporting the problem it didn't allow me to submit so here I am.


That sounds terribly annoying but I don't think there's anything we can do about it. The admin interface has been incredibly inconsistent for the past few days and I would presume that's the reason it didn't allow you to submit a report either. Do you remember what kind of exercise it was, and what you entered?


So i should pronounce "det är" like "they are" ?


No, not really. In spoken Swedish, it's /de: e:/.


That's funny, it sounds to me like "day are." I can't possibly hear the "et" and the "är" as the same sound.


The voice usually pronounces the silent R in "är".


Jordgubbe sounds like yorgut in portuguese!

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    I normally pronounce "jordgubbe" as "jordgubb" because whenever I hear someone say "jordgubbe" they pronounce it "jordgubb". For example, "Jag tog med en jordgubb till dig"


    So, if I wanted to ask for strawberry ice cream, would I say "Jag vill ha (en) jordgubbe glass"?

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