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  5. "The woman drinks her coffee."

"The woman drinks her coffee."

Translation:Kvinnan dricker sitt kaffe.

November 24, 2014



Why is sin OR sitt correct here? Doesn't the reflexive refer to the object (in this case kaffe, an ett word)?


You can think of coffee in two ways in Swedish, either as "a cup of coffee", which is "en kaffe", or more like "coffee in general", which is "ett kaffe", the main gender of the word. So if you say "en kaffe", you're sort of really saying "en (kopp) kaffe", just omitting the "cup" part of it.


Thanks! As an American in Sweden, I can think of nothing more important than knowing how to communicate about coffee.


Tusen tack, din förklaring hjälpte mig mycket.


I see - that IS interesting and helpful!


when is it correct to use "hennes" "sitt" or "sin"? Or are they interchangeable?


If you say "hennes" then it means she's drinking another woman's coffee. If she's drinking her own coffee it has to be sin or sitt.


Would be awesome if this was explained, instead of just noted as "also correct." It's easy for the student to assume the alternative answers mean the same thing.


This is perfect, a look at the table and everything is much clearer now! Thank you so much for posting it!


So 1 and 3 should be correct here, right?


I love it how one of the options I was given was "Kvinnan dricker kattens kaffe". I didn't realise cats drank coffee in Sweden - I guess you learn something new every day with Duolingo.


Swedish cats don't drink coffee, they simply possess it :)


Omg how can swedish be so difficult :C every single word has rules and is different in every context


Welcome to the reality of English being one of the very easiest language on this planet. And it really isn't a different rule for every word, there are distinct patterns.

It's just that English speaking peoole who've never learned another language have never been faced with more than the article "the" and are therefore never confronted with slightly more complicated grammar rules.

PS: Swedish is still a freakin breeze compared to German (as one example)!


I tried out German a while ago, but I find Swedish much easier to learn for me


So uncountable nouns are treated like "ett" words?


"Kvinnan drinker sine kaffe" was accepted 2021Feb13. What's the difference between sin and sine?


Should I think about "sin/sitt/sina" as "his/her/its own"?

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