Translation:The water

November 20, 2014



Is this an irregular word or is there something about vatten which causes that e to vanish?

November 20, 2014


When words end on ”-en” the -e- historically became so unstressed that it vanished when a suffix came after it. Therefore ”vatten” → ”vattnet”. Same thing often happens with -er and -el as well and also occurs when you add a plural suffix: ”nyckel” → ”nycklar”, ”trogen → trogna”, etc.

November 20, 2014


Thank you for the explanation, Lundgren. I feel kind of bad, because I just noticed that the whole thing was already explained by the Tips section and I just failed to read that first -_-

November 20, 2014


Have a lingot to feel less bad :)

December 17, 2014


Where is the tips section? I feel worse!

August 21, 2015


The tips section isn't available in the app. Only from the web version.

So those of us who use the app greatly appreciate explanations in discussions.

August 14, 2016


If you click on a lesson scroll down without clicking a mini lesson it should be under Tips and Notes.

September 10, 2015



January 23, 2019


Just in this one instance, I'm hearing "vattnet" as "nattnet". TTS error?

July 25, 2015


Yes it is

September 7, 2015


I thought I was the only one hearing nattnet!

October 8, 2016


A year later... it still has no "v" sound!

March 30, 2017


Showed to two native Swedish speakers who couldn't work out wtf it was saying either. Crap like this was more forgivable when it was completely free but when you're piling on the ads and asking for paid upgrades I expect better than complete mispronunciation of basic words

January 8, 2018


I just wonder, if there is "the water", then "a water" also exists? What it could possibly mean then?

March 5, 2015


You wouldn't "a water", because it's the same meaning as "water". The water is vattnet and water is vatten.

April 6, 2015


Ett vatten. Det här är ett gott vatten/ this is a good water

March 23, 2017


Vatten and Vattnet? I am confused

December 6, 2015


"Vatten" is "water" and "vattnet" is "the water".

December 6, 2015


When would you use vattnet in a sentence???

February 17, 2016


I'm not sure in Swedish, but I can give some examples of "the water" in English.

The most common one that comes to mind: "Come on in; the water's great!"

Another possibility: three people are eating at a restaurant. They each order a different beverage. One orders orange juice, one orders apple juice, and one orders water. The waiter comes back to hand them out, but forgets who ordered which drink. Picking up one of the cups, he asks, "Who ordered the water?"

One more: "We went to the beach on our vacation, but it was too cold to go in the water."

August 14, 2016


All of those sentences would indeed use "vattnet" in Swedish too. 1) "Hoppa i, vattnet är toppen!" 2) "Vem beställde vattnet?" 3) "Vi åkte till stranden på vår semester, men det var för kallt för att gå i vattnet."

July 9, 2018


It should not be wrong if you hear it wrong...

January 22, 2016


I agree it's annoying when you hear something wrong and then you get the question wrong but I don't agree that you should blame the website because you heard something wrong. If you get it wrong, you've learnt your lesson and you'll get it right the next time.

October 19, 2016


I still cant understand when I need to say vatten when vattnet :/ Are there any rules?

February 11, 2019

  • vatten = water
  • vattnet = the water
February 11, 2019


I have no clue what i did wrong

February 12, 2019


Neither do we, since we can't see your answer. :) What did you put?

February 12, 2019
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