"Jag håller i en tallrik."

Translation:I am holding a plate.

November 20, 2014



is "halla i" a phraseological verb or is there a double article?

November 20, 2014


Yeah, ”i” is the preposition you use when you’re holding something in Swedish. Think of it as you’re holding something IN your hands.

November 20, 2014


That makes sense. Tack!

November 27, 2014


Lundgren 8, you have given some excellent explanations which also help a native german speaker. Thanks a lot and keep on explainig.

May 29, 2016


Tack så mycket för förklaringen. Det är mycket nytta.

January 10, 2016


But can hålla be used without it?

December 8, 2014


Yes, you could use it without it here, but it sounds better with the preposition in this case.

December 8, 2014


But the preposition doesn't give a different meaning to it?

December 9, 2014


No, but it’s more idiomatic with the preposition.

December 9, 2014


I wrote "I hold onto a plate" and it was marked incorrect. Is there a more accurate way to say you're holding onto something?

May 16, 2015

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Same problem here.

June 1, 2015


My uneducated opinion is that the Swedish preposition "i" for "in [my hand]" in this sentence translates just as well to "onto". The preposition is optional in both languages.

May 9, 2016


I think, that "håller fast vid" might fit... A native should verify this.

May 28, 2017


Native here: That would be a better way to give that impression, yes, especially when there's no context to fall back on.

December 28, 2018


Guys, just asked my husband (Swede) and he says when using håller to mean holding it is nearly always accompanied with an i, as in "håller i." He says it is just something you have to remember in Swedish.

June 8, 2015


Yes, but the "hålla i" construction is used for physically holding something. There are many other uses of att hålla something in a more abstract sense, where the particle i isn't included.

June 8, 2015


I didn't manage to post this as a reply, but here are a few examples of using "hålla" without "i". But this is not important to remember for now. Warning: non-native speaker.

Jag håller en kurs = I am teaching a course.

Jag håller med = I agree.

Jag håller på att = indicating that you are doing something. (Jag håller på att laga mat = I am cooking)

Vad håller du på med? = What are you doing?

February 4, 2017


Native speaker here to confirm all those sentences are completely correct.

December 28, 2018


So if somebody is about to fall and you catch him and say english "Gotcha!", would the swedish equivalent be "Jag håller i dig!"

July 30, 2015


I would translate that as "Jag har dig!" personally. "Håller i dig" in that context would be more if you grabbed the person before they even started to fall so you can actively prevent them from falling, rather than saving them at the last second.

December 28, 2018


I failed to count dots over "a" and checked what "hälla" mean instead of "hålla". I was really puzzeld how to translate that sentence with "hälla".

February 3, 2015


Well, you can pour soup I guess... :)

March 27, 2015


In another discussion thread about håller, it was said that håller i is like "hold on to", but when I translated this as "I am holding on to the plate" it was marked incorrect. I am overstating the issue in English or is the "i" just used when something is held in the hands? Tack.

February 8, 2015


It's written as "en tallrik" so it's going to be "a plate" not "the plate". (I think that would be tallriken). That could be why it was marked wrong?

March 23, 2015


Nah, because I put "I am holding on to a plate" and it marked it wrong.

March 27, 2015


I also got marked wrong for "I am holding onto a plate".

April 11, 2015


It can mean "to hold onto", but I think those words carry more urgency, like you're holding onto a ship so you won't fall into the water or you're holding onto a golden plate so thieves won't steal it. This sentence doesn't really give me that feeling out of context, it just makes me think of holding a plate, without there being anything more to it.

December 28, 2018


Would anyone give an example wherein 'håller' is used without the 'i' following it?

February 19, 2016


"Jag håller tallriken rätt/fel" for example.

April 17, 2016
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