https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

Are många and flera interchangeable?

Or are there like certain situations where you use one and other situations where you use the other.

another question, is det pronounced as de or with the t because memrise says it with the t but duolingo says de and some forvo pronunciations say both.

November 19, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/Plugghest

My native Swede friend says this:

"Nnnot quite. Flera doesn't feel like it's describing something quite as numerous as många. All flera really means is more than one. Många means it's probably not just two or three, but many of them."

He also mentioned "några" means "a few" and "ett par" is "a couple/pair" and flera is more than a few but not a whole lot.

So go with this: ett par < några < flera < många

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

Ok, so många is like what plethora would be for us.

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis

I'd say that "flera" is closer to "several" and "många" is "many".

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Blehg

This would indeed be the simplest way of translating them;
flera = several
många = many

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Plugghest

Eh, I'm not sure if that's extreme. Maybe it's just "many" or "a lot" or something.

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

As a native speaker, I can say that Blehg is, for most purposes, quite right that flera = several många = many

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

This is what SAOL (the dictionary of the Swedish academy) says:

  1. flera = många

  2. fler (or flera) = a bigger amount of (used for comparison): Jag har fler hundar än du

My feeling is also that "flera" is less than "många", but that "flera" has to be more than two.

About the "t" in "det": Normally, it is not pronounced. If you do, you will sound very formal.

November 19, 2014
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