Adjectives 1 - Tips and notes. So impressed!

I normally don't read the "Tips and notes" since I am native Swede, but today I did. And wow! That wasn't just hints, it was a complete lecture!

I really like that you included the optional masculine form (e.g. "den långe mannen" instead of "den långa mannen"). I live on the west coast and use this form all the time. It could be a regional thing, since I have noticed that it much less common among Stockholmers for example.

November 20, 2014


I think it's a generational thing. Swedes are using gender-neutral adjectives a lot more these days. People used to use the "e"-form where it wasn't necessary (it's still quite common).

November 20, 2014

Glad to hear you like it :)

As for the -e/-a thing; In the spoken language of most people -a is the only form. In many cases the spoken distinction between -e and -a is a result of education. I think that if -e was removed from the written language, people would soon forget it was ever there. That is not to say, of course, that some people (and some dialects) do have it :)

November 20, 2014

And, as said in the "Tips and notes", even if you never use these forms yourself, it's good to know that they exist.

For example, if you visit Öland:

Långe Jan lighthouse

Långe Erik lighthouse

November 21, 2014

I will check Adjectives 1's Tips and Notes when I get there for sure. Here, take a lingot for your profile picture :)

November 21, 2014

Thank you so much :)!

November 21, 2014
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