"I årtionden"

Translation:For decades

November 21, 2014



How would I say "In Decades"?

Eg. "it was the biggest problem in decades" as compared to "it was the biggest problem for decades" which have different meanings.

November 21, 2014


på årtionden would work. Det här är det största problem vi har haft på årtionden. 'This is the biggest problem we've had for decades'.

January 20, 2015


Can i årtionden also mean "in the decades"? And can "för årtionden" mean for decades?

I guess I should review propositions a lot, but på, i and för seem very variable in their usage.

February 5, 2015


in the decades would be under årtiondena, and no, för årtionden would not work. i and are probably 2 of the most frequent ones, if not the two most frequent ones, so they have a lot of different uses, just like in and on in English.

February 5, 2015


if i kväll means this evening, why doesn't i årtionden mean this decade?

June 6, 2018


The i in i kväll serves the same purpose as the "to-" in "tonight". So you may as well ask why you can't say "todecades" in English. :) And the boring answer is that I don't think there's any other reason than the i [time] construction having evolved for the most common options, but not for others.

November 11, 2018


How should I know when to translate "i" as "for" or "this"?

August 25, 2018


You can use it to mean "for" if you're dealing with a plural:

  • i årtionden = for decades
  • i måander = for months

You use it to mean "this" for a specific set of fixed phrases, e.g. i dag and i år.

November 11, 2018


Seriously I put in decades. But isnt for and I similar in this context anyway?

February 25, 2015


"In decades" means decades later than now. Here we're looking for "during decades"

April 11, 2015


why is it not 'the decade'? i guess what i'm asking is why does the plural end in 'en' instead of something more like 'er'?

March 1, 2015


It's because it's an ett word. Read more here: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Plurals

March 1, 2015
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