"According to her, the horse is white."

Translation:Enligt henne är hästen vit.

November 19, 2014



Why is inversion required here?

November 19, 2014


The verb always has to be the second position in the sentence like in German. So, if the first part of the sentence is a phrase, then the verb comes before the subject.

November 28, 2014


Oh, ok. Thanks!

December 7, 2018


Why isn't it hästen är vit?

May 20, 2015


Because of the V2 rule, I believe. "enligt henne" is in first position as the fundament, so second position has to be the verb, "är".

May 22, 2015


Are commas used in Swedish the same way they are in English?

July 20, 2015


Swedish does not have grammatical punctuation (such as with German, Danish and English), but rather tydlighetskommatering, meaning something like "clarity punctuation". It means that Swedish uses commas to help readability and understanding of a sentence rather than to separate main clause and subclauses. Thus, Swedish does not want commas between two clauses that intimately belong together thematically, but rather between two relatively free-standing parts of the same sentence.

April 27, 2016


So like a semicolon;

September 13, 2018


They use commas, but sparingly.

April 27, 2016


why not hennes? Does 'hennes' mean 'she' and that's why I got it wrong? Also in what situations does inversion happen?

February 22, 2018


No, hennes is possessive. You would use it to say the horse is hers, meaning the horse belongs to her.

February 23, 2018


English is even worse about that, like, "According to her, the horse is white.", vs, "Only according to her, is the horse white."

This makes little sense to me...

September 17, 2018


Is the sentence : "Enligt henne, hästan är vit" could be accepted ? If not, could anyone point me out to an article that describes why?,.. Tack !

December 5, 2016


It's been explained twice in this thread. For a longer text about Swedish word order, see my post here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8970470

December 5, 2016


Tack så mycket Arnauti ! This "word order" thing is really, really driving me nuts. I am currently stuck in my learning process because of it.

December 5, 2016


It's probably the hardest part of Swedish grammar, so no wonder. Just keep at it and keep doing the exercises and you'll get a feel for it. :)

December 5, 2016


This is amazing, thank you! But it does truly mess with me head after a while!

May 13, 2017


Nobody in Sweden can not understand if you say ', hästen är vit' ! Is that so ? Application should accept that, but comment that 'the right way is ...'

February 14, 2018


That'd be like accepting "According to her, the horse white is" in reverse. Yes, you'd be understood, but clearly it should not be accepted.

February 25, 2018


Is this how Swedish Yoda sounds? XD

April 26, 2018


That would be "white, the horse is"

April 30, 2018


I find this inversion so awkward. It's hard to guess when it is needed because Swedish is otherwise so easy to grasp.

June 3, 2018


It's a pity a lightbulb on word order hasn't appeared before...unless I've missed it.

Many thanks for the explanations/links though!

September 28, 2018


am i undrestand ? if enligt comes first verb should come before subject so, is the sentence ( hästen är vit enligt henne ) is true?

April 9, 2019


That sentence is perfectly grammatical and natural. :)

April 9, 2019
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