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"Knivarna är vassa."

Translation:The knives are sharp.

November 24, 2014

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mandydax

Dyslexia tells me that the women are sharp :3


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blauerKobold

Tja, det här är sant. Dyslexia vet. ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigswedeej

Thst would be Vasa Museet. It is a sharp place, but...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RikSha

Is this word more often used than 'skarp'? Can you say 'hen är en vass polis?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

Both are a common and they are synonyms. Sure, "en vass polis" = "en skicklig polis".

Have you heards the expression "Hen är inte den skarpaste kniven i lådan"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

I don't think I would ever say "Knivarna är skarpa", but I've googled it and seen that some people do. However, it is much more common to use the word "vass" about knives, so I'd recommend that. I also say "… inte den vassaste kniven i lådan", not "skarpaste".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

I just googled "vassaste kniven i lådan" and "skarpaste kniven i lådan" and you are right, "vassaste kniven" is more common. To me "en skarp kniv" sounds fine though, so maybe there are regional differences. Or I am old-fashioned :).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

I was wondering whether it's a regional thing too, it doesn't sound familiar to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RikSha

The original saying på finska goes something like "S/he is not the sharpest pencil of the pencil case", but I've also heard the one you mentioned. And the funniest I've heard is "S/He doesn't have all the moomins in the valley" :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

There are loads of variations on this one in Swedish. E.g. "Hissen går inte ända upp" (the elevator doesn't go all the way up) and my own favorite, "Det är inte skottat ända fram" (The snow hasn't been cleared all the way) :-D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RikSha

I like the last one! I'll start using it in Finnish from now on ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/davost

Hey, I take offense to that ;). Is this what you people that go clear away the snow one minute after it stopped snowing think of the rest of us.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigswedeej

This is the second time i have seen "hen". Please define. Skarpaste, is that a hard k?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenCarlsson

"Hen" means "he or she".

Yes, "k" is hard before a, o, u and å.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigswedeej

Aha, so hen is sort of unisex, or if you're not sure which one it is. :) tack


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalzani

Would it be idiomatic to say 'the knives are keen' in English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan606349

No, I don't think so. "Keen" remains broadly synonymous with "sharp" in the sense of intelligence; e.g., "he has a keen mind for the law". But to say that a knife is keen sounds old-fashioned to the point of being Tolkien-esque.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigswedeej

Would vass be used as in a sharp tongue?

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