"Fågeln dricker."

Translation:The bird is drinking.

November 18, 2014



so why isn't it: fagel-en dricker, instead of fagel-n dricker?

January 24, 2018


Because of the rule that says: with nouns ending in unstressed -el or -er, the "e" of the definite ending (-en or -et) is dropped. Thus: en fågel (a bird) : fågeln (the bird) en fjäder (a feather) : fjädern (the feather) ett exempel (an example) : exemplet (the example) ett finger (a finger) : fingret (the finger)

June 17, 2018


Confused how fageln is pronounce? Fogeyn is it?

June 5, 2015


Can someone explain the definite article within this to me?

November 18, 2014


In this case the definite article den/det is not used. The definite suffix -n is enough. If you would use an adjective before fågel, though, it would be used. The pretty bird would be den vackra fågeln.

November 18, 2014


Just wondering: Shouldn't it be "den vackra fågel"? At least this is how it works in Danish (bird = fugl, the bird = fuglen, the pretty bird = den smukke fugl).

November 19, 2014


These work a bit different in all the Scandinavian languages. Swedish uses the suffix with den/det (Dan vackra fågeln), but not with min/din/etc (Min vackra fågel), while Danish uses it with neither and Norwegian uses it with both.

November 20, 2014


Oh, okay. Thanks!

November 20, 2014



It is explained in the tips! :)

November 18, 2014


I can't differentiate the sounds between fågel and fågeln. Anyone who could help me, please?

March 1, 2015


I'm not a native speaker, so take this with a grain of salt:

From what you understand (fågel and dricker), the sentence translates either to "a bird is drinking" or "the bird is drinking". Since you cannot omit the indefinite article (en/ett), "a bird is drinking" would be "en fågel dricker". Since this is very different from what you hear, it can only be "the bird is drinking", which translates to "fågeln dricker".

Apart from that, your listening comprehension will improve over time.

March 5, 2015


Great explanation imho!

March 5, 2015


That must be a depressed bird.

June 28, 2015


The slight inflection in the voice make it sound like the bird has a drinking problem

July 25, 2015


the bird drinks

August 5, 2015


was using the word bank and almost put "the bird is sorry" according to duolingo birds have feelings

April 27, 2018
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