"The black shoes are mine."

Translation:De svarta skorna är mina.

November 25, 2014



This is the first time I have encountered "de" used to mean something other than "they." When is it necessary to use it this way? Could the sentence simply be "Svarta skorna är mina" or does the use of adjectives require that a "de" be used as well?

November 25, 2014


"De" is used when the noun is plural and when there is an adjective before it, just like you have to use "den" and "det" in the singular when nouns have adjectives. For example, you have to say "Den vita boken," and not "Vit boken." As you can see, you still have to keep the noun in the definite form.

November 25, 2014


Very much appreciated! Thank you!

November 25, 2014


Is this sense of “de” also pronounced “dom”, like the “they” sense?

May 4, 2015


My native Swedish friend says yes, "de" here is also pronounced "dom".

June 28, 2015


Shouldn't it be "den vita boken", or is my adjective usage completely faulty?

August 9, 2015


Sometimes I see "svarta skor", sometimes "svarta skorna"... I can't really grasp the difference =(

November 11, 2015


Skorna = the shoes Skor = shoes

April 9, 2016


why cant it be "den svarta skorna ar mina" instead of "de svarta skorna ar mina"? This is the first time ive seen "de" used as the instead of they.

January 12, 2018


Because 'den' would be singular. 'De' is the plural form of 'den' or 'det'.

July 26, 2018


I still can't get it! OK, that's clear that i need do use the definite form of the adjective. Also I need to use the corresponding article. Why isn't it 'Den' instead of 'De'? En sko - skon - skorna - den svarta skorna.

April 4, 2018


'De' is plural. 'Den' would be singular.

July 26, 2018


If it is singular you say: En vit sko (a white shoe) All three words are in indefinit form Den vita skon (the white shoe) Definite article+definite form of the adjectice+ definite form of the noun)

But in plural it is: Två svarta skor (two black shoes) De svarta skorna (the black shoes) Pretty advanced grammar for this level, I think!

November 15, 2018


whats the difference Svart and Svarta?

September 15, 2016


svart (singural) svart sko = black shoe, svarta (plural) svarta skor = black shoes

January 15, 2017
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