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"Jag älskar inte dig utan honom."

Translation:I do not love you, but him.

November 19, 2014



Well, now I know how to break a heart in Swedish...


So, utan can mean both "but" and "without"? How does it work? Just like French? (Je n'aime que les fraises - you don't like anything, excluding the strawberries, which in English this "que" would be "but" - I don't like anything but strawberries) I think I went too far xD


Yes it can. If we use it to start a dependent clause, it means "but", otherwise it's "without".

  • Jag spelar inte tennis, utan hockey. (I don't play tennis, but hockey.)
  • Varm choklad utan vispgrädde. (Hot chocolate without cream.)


Is the swedish sentence missing a comma?


There are no set rules for one to use a comma, so both yes and no.


it's severely confusing not to have any commas in these sentences


I answered "I do not love you without him". Then I thought at first is that it meant something like "I don't like to see you without him", so if this a common confusion, a comma would become handy.


That's a good point, it could actually mean that. I have reported the sentence now.

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