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"I sleep for several hours."

Translation:Jag sover i flera timmar.

November 23, 2014



I will not ask why this fits here and there anymore. After a year of intensive studying and going through these again I am pretty sure they are just random and people just get "used" to when they use such words.


Isn't that also how it works in English?!


I can't think of many examples like this in English, but maybe that's because I'm used to it. Swedish is very difficult because it seemingly randomly uses different conjunctions and prepositions. It's hard to find any pattern that is memorable.


From an English-speaker's perspective, sure, Swedish "seemingly randomly uses different conjunctions and prepositions", but what I'm trying to say is that surely from a Swedish-speaker's perspective, English conjunctions and prepositions are just as random. And yes, I think we get used to our own prepositions and think of them as the 'right' ones even though they're arbitrary!


You can't use för? Jag sover för flera timmar?


No, we don't say that.


But why not?? Is it not valid to use på instead?


Not på... För


There's no reason really - just different languages using different prepositions.


Why can't we use 'på flera timmar' here?


På flera timmar is a correct expression, but it does not fit here. You can use it in sentences like this:
Jag har inte sett henne på flera timmar 'I have not seen her for several hours'
en försening på flera timmar 'a delay of several hours'.
with time expressions is also often used to say how much someone was able to accomplish during a certain period of time, but that doesn't fit here either.


"Jag sover om flera timmar" is wrong?


Yes, om with time expressions means after, so Jag sover om flera timmar would be I will sleep in several hours as in, several hours later than now.


So, can "Jag sover" also be used for the intention to sleep or future tense or is that meaning only applicable to the example you gave?


We very often use present tense to speak about future, so I think generally all verbs can be used that way, although with this verb I think it would be hard to do without some kind of adverbial that indicates it is indeed future. But you can definitely say stuff like Jag sover mellan 4 och 6 i eftermiddag så ring inte då 'I'm sleeping between 4 and 6 this afternoon so don't call me then'.


Jag sover flera timmar - would that be correct?


That's what I typed and it was accepted. I'm just curious as to what adding "i" clarifies in the sentence.


I have this problem, I do not understand the role of "i" since it use can be avoided


Often there are no difference, but sometimes the "i" suggests "in a row". "Jag jobbade tre dagar förra veckan" (I worked three days previous week) could easily refer to e.g. monday, thursday and sunday. While "Jag jobbade i tre dagar förra veckan" suggest that it was during three days in a row. You can not rely on this distinction, but it is a hint.


I find it interesting that "tim" is "hour", and "stund" is "(a) while". It's almost reversed from the other Germanic languages I know.


timme, but yes, it can take some getting used to. :)


några != several?


"Några" is "a few".


Why is it "timmar" and not "tim"?


Plural. Flera = Several.


And the singular is timme. :)


What is the difference between Jag sover flera timmar and Jag sover i flera timmar.


The former is colloquial and arguably not grammatical depending on when and how it's used.


En timma. Ska inte det bli så här: En timma, timman, timmor, timmorna? För ord som slutar på a böjas väl som det?


why 'i' is used in above statement ?


We use i for doing something continuously for a duration.


What is wrong with 'Jag sover om flera timmar'?


That means "I sleep in several hours."


See answers above - although I realise there might be a bug on some platforms where previous comments are not visible. To quote Arnauti's previous answer: "om with time expressions means after, so Jag sover om flera timmar would be I will sleep in several hours as in, several hours later than now."

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