Have you seen the one in French that says "the black bitches (female dogs) eat the white ducks?" Needless to say, it has received many comments.
Well, that's nice. I mean, I'm sure we'll all have to use that out in the world. You never know what you might have to say to a frenchman....
Dogs eating cats, humans eating turtles...I'm uncomfortable with these lessons.
My same exact thoughts, and the one about the man who owns the bear makes me feel like I am studying Russian!
I am from Russia. And when I read international forums or watch foreign video, it seems to me that all world thinks that bears walks on streets in Russian cities, may be even every Russian has a bear as a pet. Bears lives with us in our small apartments. Half of apartment is covered by a litter box for a bear. If the bear want to the street then we go to ride on a motorcycle around the city with him. Every evening my bear and me drink tea from a samovar (of course with VODKA!) and after it my bear plays balalaika for me. Also in Russia it snows. ALWAYS! Because Winter has already come...
Such stereotypes we call "клюква" (cranberry) in the slanguage. :)
Meanwhile, bears (not russian, I hope) steal dumpsters in Canada and USA, as I seen on YouTube.)
Sorry my disgusting English. I give it a little time on Duolingo than to other languages, because they are worse. =\
I have not yet seen it by my own eyes, especially in big cities. But... https://youtu.be/hqKopq5U1Ng (The woman cussing out the bears, asking them "Why did you come here?" and yelling at them "Get out from here!". And it works!) and... https://youtu.be/cAbunRuOQfo .
Meanwhile in other countries:
- https://youtu.be/ZipSQvHDg3U https://youtu.be/ajAcoWetBH4
- https://youtu.be/wPfuDKDXPZc (my favourite one)
The phenomenon is widespread.)
I think bears can be very cute. :З Of course IF THEY ARE ON DISTANCE FROM MEEEEE!
Useful! I will remember this and the phrases of people eating oil; never know when I'll need it!
It's highly irregular for single-syllable en-words that end on a consonant, such as hund and katt. However, -ar is a bit more common.
En hund, hunden, hundar, hundarna. En katt, katten, katter, katterna. I'll stop mixing them,... eventually.
I'm using a mobile app so I'm not sure if this is explained somewhere before the lesson, but if I understood it correctly if a noun end in -a (for example, flicka or kvinna), then the plural is -or, and if ends in -e or something else (e.g. pojke, tallrik, hund), plural is -ar. So en katt, katten, but why is it katterna and not kattarna, is that an exception or is my logic wrong?
Swedish plurals have a reputation for being irregular and hard to learn. This is, in fact, not true. While there are certainly many irregular plural forms in Swedish, there is also a lot of predictability, and a large amount of words are entirely predictable if you know the rules!
Below are the 5 normal Swedish plural forms - both indefinite and definite. Singular Plural indefinite Plural definite en kvinna kvinnor kvinnorna en hund hundar hundarna en sak saker sakerna ett hus hus husen ett yrke yrken yrkena
How to predict the plural En-words<pre>
-a → -or en kvinna → kvinnor en gata → gator -e → -ar en pojke → pojkar Words in -are have no special plural form. en läkare → läkare -ing → -ingar en tidning → tidningar Words with stress on the final syllable always take -er. en elefant → elefanter en station → stationer en idé → idéer Words ending in -el, --er and -en usually take -ar, losing their e in the process. en fågel → fåglar en vinter → vintrar One-syllable words can take either -ar or -er, usually the former. en hund → hundar en färg → färger</pre>
If they end in a consonant, they have no plural ending. ett hus → hus ett barn → barn If they end in a vowel, they take -n. ett yrke → yrken ett meddelande → meddelanden</pre>
There are several irregular plural forms, usually these include changing the main vowel.
en man → män en mus → möss en hand → händer en bok → böcker The ending -en
It's important to remember that the ending -en can be one of three things: 1. the definite singular of an en-word 2. the definite plural of an ett-word ending in a consonant 3. the indefinite plural of an ett-word ending in a vowel Beware of this common trap for students of Swedish!<pre>
armen = the arm husen = the houses äpplen = apples</pre>
I hope you understand now :D * This is the article that appears when you use duolingo at a pc.
Saved this extremely useful information into my "Swedish" folder for future reference!
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Made me laugh so hard :D Sometimes I wonder if there is any logic in the algorithm that builds the sentences
I vote for an opposite contribution. To make the world more fair, at least in language lessons.
Can somebody explain the grammer between which words have "the" at the begining and which ones don't? I don't understand plurals with "the" vs plurals without it.
"I like the dogs" means I like a specific set of dogs. It's definite. "I like dogs" means I like dogs in general. It's not referring to specific dogs. It's indefinite. If your question is actually about recognizing which Swedish suffixes indicate a definite, you could start with this table:
There's quite a lot of deleted nonsense in this thread. I believe the bubble number doesn't account for removed comments.
Why with "the"?
Both nouns are in the definite in Swedish - that's what the -na suffix does here.
This sentence is going to be removed from the next version of the tree. I can't remove it from this one for technical reasons. But there are enormous amounts of complaints for it, and with good reason. I don't want it in the course either.
The simple technical solution would be to allow you to lock problem threads from getting comments.