"Han äter sitt äpple."

Translation:He is eating his apple.

November 21, 2014

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Are "r s" pronounced like sh in this sentence?


Really useful! Thanks!


Sitt=his sin=hers?


Sin, sitt and sina are used to denote that the "thing" being talked about belongs to the subject.

Sin is used for common (en) words, sitt for neuter (ett) words and sina for plurals.

These are only used for pronouns in the third person.


These are practically reflexive possessive pronouns used in the third person (singular and plural).


Nahh sitt for ett ord sin for en ord And here it is ett äpple


I don't understand this. What do you mean by ett and en? Do you just have to memorize what words are ett and en? And is it the noun that would be ett or en?


So are "sitt" "sin" and "sina" gender neutral? Like they could be used to refer to a female or a male?


Yes, and also to groups. De äter sina äpplen.


Is "sitt" supposed to be pronounced "sheet"?


Whenever R is followed by an S, it creates this so-called retroflex sound – even over word borders. (exceptions: when the R is dropped altogether or for speakers who don't have the standard Swedish R). So yes, the R in äter is supposed to merge with the S i sitt here.


Wow thank you. This was really confusing since it's not one word.


Does it sound like ettersheet or ettershet?


And what is it about "hans" and "hennes" ?


Those mean 'his' and 'hers' when things are not owned by the subject of the sentence. So if Han äter sitt äpple, the apple is his own, but Han äter hans äpple, the apple belongs to some other male.


Why can't it be 'he eats her apple'?


If you use "sin, sitt, sina", you are referring back to the subject of the sentence (he).

Hon äter sitt äpple, for example, means "She eats her apple" (her own apple). It can never mean "She eats his apple" because that would imply "she" is a "he" at the same time. With current LGBTQ trends, maybe that sentence will be valid in the future. :)


So if you wanted to say 'he eats her apple' you would use 'hennes'?


Han äter hennes äpple.

Yes, sir/ma'am!


Tack så mycket! :) (Have a lingot!) :)


Can someone explain in detail what the difference is between Sitt and Sin? I cannot find a pattern.


Sin = singular en-words

Sitt = singular ett-words


Im always confused by what is meant by en and ett words? Is this like "a" and "an" in english? Or am i way off?


Very much so. However, in English we have the rule "if the word begins with a vowel, then it is an "AN" word. Otherwise we use A for consonants." Example: an apple, a dog, an egg, a fox, etc. In Swedish however there is no rule for which words are EN and which are ETT, so you simply must learn which each word is as you learn each noun. Around 77% of all Swedish words are EN words, so it is safest to use EN when you don't know which is which until told otherwise.

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