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"Du er da smuk!"

Translation:You really are beautiful!

November 18, 2014



"You really are beautiful!" and "You are really beautiful!" (both acceptable answers) can have different meanings. The former can be said to convince a person that he/she is beautiful or that the speaker is surprised by the observation that the person is beautiful.

The latter can be said to tell the person that the speaker definitely believes that he/she is beautiful.

Which would be the correct way to use "Du er da smuk!"?


It can depend a little on which word you stress, but I'd say the usual meaning is "You really are beautiful" and not so much "You are really beautiful". There are more common ways to express the latter, such as "Du er virkelig smuk!"


The other one is, you are beautiful after all. So i think the meaning is - after everything is said and done, you are beautiful


So "you are so beautiful" is not correct I guess


I'm not Danish, but I think that would be an acceptable translation if you emphasized it correctly, aloud -- but this is hard to express when writing it down.

The usual interpretation of the written sentence "You are so beautiful" would be that the speaker is gushing over how beautiful you are. But I don't think that is what the Danish sentence means.

I think what is wanted is the idea that you have said previously, "I'm not beautiful" -- and the speaker is contradicting you. They can say this with "You are so beautiful," by emphasizing both are and so. They can also just say "You are so," or "You are too."

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This is exactly what made me open discussion for this sentence. Glad your formulated them more clearly than I would. Take a lingot :)


What is the purpose of 'da'


You are indeed beautiful


What if you're using this statement as a point of reference? Like "Why not try to get your way all the time? You are, after all, pretty."


So you agree...you think you're really pretty


"You are so beautiful" is really so off the mark that you cannot accept it???


Because "da" i "Du er da smuk." is not talking about degrees of beauty. "Da" is used to indicate what is seen as without doubt or obvious.

Definition 3 (+3.b) here: https://ordnet.dk/ddo/ordbog?select=da,2&query=da


Sorry, this does not make any sense. You are seen as beautiful without a doubt??? Meaning exactly WHAT? And in what context in normally spoken Danish?


Let's say person X doesn't feel beautiful and says it out loud. Person Z overhears and disagrees.
If person Z says "Du er da smuk.", it is like saying "Of course you are beautiful." in reply. The function of "da" is to negate the doubts/belief of person X about not being beautiful, subjective to the speaker of course.


Especially when the man speaks slowly, I hear him say: "Du er de(t) smuk". I know this is not a meaningful sentence, but sometimes I find it hard to make difference between "a" and "e". In other words, one of the many Danish versions of "a" is in my ears like "e".

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