"The bear is an animal."

Translation:Björnen är ett djur.

November 20, 2014

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Why are some word ett-words and some are en-words?


Is "Björnen är djuret" really wrong, or just a beta issue? If I am incorrect, how so? Thank you!


Björnen är djuret. = The bear is the animal. (A somewhat strange sentence, in my opinion, in either language.)

Björnen är ett djur. = The bear is an animal. (Note that this does not have to refer to a specific bear. In English, one would probably use Bears are animals to convey the same general idea, although there's nothing wrong with The bear is an animal either.)


Ok but now why "ett" is ok and "en" is wrong, since it's "a", not "the", I guessed using "en" was right but still got it wrong


An animal is ett djur; djur is an ett-word, not an en-word.


But why is it an "ett"-word?


Djuret means "the bear" but you want to say "a bear", so the article is detached and goes in front of the word, like "ett djur".


'Djuret' means 'the animal'. The bear is an animal. Björnen är ett djur.


Djuret is "the animal", whereas ett djur is "an animal". It's the difference between "the" and "an"


The bear is the animal?


No, that is "Björnen är djuret."


So, there are Swedish men who are named after bears? Ha!


Like Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA


I do not have Swedish letters in my mobile


On most mobile devices you can press and hold on a letter for a couple seconds to get access to accents. If you do so on A you get access to Å & Ä. If you do so on O you get access to Ö.

You can also install a Swedish keyboard through your phone's settings.


When to use ett or en?


There isnt any rule, you have to memorize it!


I don't know how to tell this stupid program that I cannot put accents on. Anyone know how to get tbis across?


You could have known much earlier how to type the ö, ä and å if you had read comments in earlier lessons, because it has been asked and explained more often. There are several ways: 1. hold down the key and the accents appear. You will find the ü inder the u key, the ä under the a and the ö under the o. Or do 2, the easiest option: install a Swedish keyboard on your mobile device. BTW Duo is not stupid.


There are ways to type å, ö, and ä on a keyboard. With an iPhone, you just click and hold the letter to select the diacritic. With a Mac, use the control key. Control a is å. Control u and then another letter add an umlaut to it, like ä or ö. Shift for capitals. That's all you need for Swedish.

For Windows, use the alt and number pad:

Alt + 134 = å Alt + 132 = ä Alt + 148 = ö

Alt + 143 = Å Alt + 142 = Ä Alt + 153 = Ö


Is 'djur' pronounced the same as 'gor' (att gora) ???


No, djur is pronounced yur. Ö in gör is pronounced different. Try to open your mouth to pronounce an o but pronounce an e (like in rest for example), its a mixed sound. Its different to the English pronounciation. But if you pronounce it like an e people will understand you anyway. Hope this helps


for me djur sounds like dür is that wrong? (seems like u are a scandinavian language pro haha)


Yes, that's wrong. The d of djur is silent. I think you heard ett glued to djur. Perhaps you can listen to forvo.com to hear this noun without the article spoken by a native Swedish speaker.


Thank you! On tjis site it sounded completly diffrent then how i got it. Thank you so much:)


I picked Björnen är ett björn XD

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