"Vems bok är det?"

Translation:Whose book is it?

November 20, 2014



Would "whose book is this?" be another correct translation? I'm still not sure what all the differences between den and det are, and if there's a separate word for this and that.

November 27, 2014


We don't accept this in contexts like this one. this ought to be denna/detta or den här/det här. So Whose book is this? would be Vems bok är det här? in Swedish.

December 14, 2014


I think det and den refer specifically to "it" and "that", whereas "this" is more of an ownership, referencey subject thing. I could be wrong.

December 2, 2014


"This" would generally be used for a proximate object e.g. a book being held. The sample sentence does not give any context.

December 25, 2014


Yes, that's right. det/den här (+ denna/detta) means this and is used for objects that are close, den/det där means that and is used for objects that are farther away. In some contexts, den/det function as that too.

December 25, 2014


Why isn't this "vems bok är den" if it is referring back to an -en word?

November 20, 2014


Swedish sentences must have a subject, and that's what "det" is doing here. It's the same kind of "det" that you'll find in "det regnar" (it rains), not meaning very much but still needed. So it's not actually referring bak to "bok", it's just hanging around.

November 20, 2014


Think about the declarative version of this question = "Det är (someone)s bok." and when you ask a question, like in English, you move that part to the front = "(Someone)s bok är det?" replacing the blank with the question word "vems". (And of course the verb är has to be in 2nd position, like in other Germanic languages, so you move it accordingly.)

November 23, 2014


Is there a correct way of showing realization like 'ah' or 'oh!' ,in Swedish?

March 6, 2015


Well, "ah" or "åh" work fine.

April 29, 2016


I have Swedes correct me when I don't pronounce the t in "det" like the program does here. Is this a regional pronunciation?

November 30, 2015


The T is silent. Claiming elsewise is hypercorrection.

April 29, 2016


Why can't all of the other questions be as easy to figure out as this one?!?! These questions will be the death of me!

February 10, 2015


I'm curious about the shades of meaning, here. This question could be an inquiry about the ownership of the book... but could someone also use this wording to be asking who the author is?

March 2, 2016


No, it's not used that way in Swedish. (Though I have heard it from immigrants, so I guess there is a similar construction in some languages).

March 5, 2016


I see, thank you!

March 6, 2016


Why is the det pronounced as duh instead of deea?

July 31, 2017


Who's and whose are the same thing. I am trying to learn Swedish, not perfect my English. This question should take "Who's" too as a correct answer.

July 22, 2018


No, they are not the same. "Who's" is a contraction of "who is".

January 23, 2019


It pronounced "det" as rhyming with English "met" (for example) but before this always heard "dee". Is it pronounced differently in this sentence (or in questions in general?) or is it a tts problem?

December 22, 2018


Det sounded like "dur" in this tts

December 23, 2018


At least in the fast one.

December 23, 2018


Weird that it needs 'whose book is it?' instead of 'whose book?'

January 11, 2016


In order to write a full sentence in Swedish (and English) you need to have a verb in it.

March 5, 2016
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