"He sleeps for several days."

Translation:Han sover i flera dygn.

November 25, 2014



What is the difference between dagar and dygn?

November 25, 2014


”Dygn” is 24 hours, whereas ”dag” is 12 hours. However in everyday language ”dag” often means 24 hours as well and you could use either in this context.

November 25, 2014


Lundgren, just curious, but why is "för" not considered correct in this case?

June 24, 2015


I answered this question lower down on the page but I'll paste my answer here too, maybe it'll be more visible.

i is the standard preposition for expressing how long something goes on (a period of time) when you'd say for in English.
Jag har varit här … 'I've been here …'
i en vecka 'for a week'
i ett år 'for a year'
i en timme 'for an hour'

August 25, 2017


Thanks Arnauti :)

September 9, 2018


SERIOYSLY? This doesn't make sense!!! I need help with these prepositions!! Why can't I just say "för flera dygn" ?

April 19, 2015


I don't think i will ever get a hold on Swedish prepositions

May 2, 2015


I feel your pain. Prepositions, conjunctions and time are WAY harder than plurals and I have hit quite a frustrating learning plateau. I've constructed a table that the tracks the fine differences in meaning for each preposition in order to detect patterns. I think I see one for på. Arnauti's comments help tremendously - I saved them as a reference.

May 3, 2015


Hi Flicka. if i dont look rude, can i ask you to share this table with us? could you please mail this for me as instance?

September 8, 2015


Sorry it's taken me so long to respond - I've been in China and also trying to learn Korean without the help of Duolingo. I don't think that there is a way to upload files here and I don't think copy and paste will work. I don't have a public Facebook page, but I do have Twitter and Instagram. Let me play with those and see if I can put the document there and link you to it. Fingers crossed.

April 17, 2016


no problem for getting back with delay. you can also do a favor en send it via email to: Ehsan.otd@gmail.com tack så mycket

April 17, 2016


I concur with Ehsan, can you please share the table? I am struggling as well and it is incredibly frustrating.

January 11, 2016


Prepositions are one of the hardest things in learning a new language. I actually find Swedish ones reasonably easy, since a lot of them (by no means all) are similar to the ones in German, my mother tongue. How hard is English (compared to German): ''in learning a language': 'by learning a language' 'beim Lernen' 'a lot of': 'many thereof' 'viele davon' 'similar to the ones in German': 'similar how the in German' 'ähnlich wie die in Deutsch' 'compared to': 'compared with' 'verglichen mit' and so on. If there are fixed expressions, learn them like vocabulary (e.g. En av dem). With others you need to develop a 'feeling', which is best done by learning some simple rules to put the right preposition and then continual practice like in duolingo, just like as a child. It needs to become 'weird' to use them differently. Some things just take their time and it will get better!

March 24, 2016


Why do we use 'i' here?

May 16, 2017


i is the standard preposition for expressing how long something goes on (a period of time) when you'd say for in English.
Jag har varit här … 'I've been here …'
… i en vecka 'for a week'
i ett år 'for a year'
i en timme 'for an hour'

May 17, 2017


Why isn't på accepted here?

December 8, 2016


Or för

January 15, 2017


Because neither "på" nor "för" are correct in this context. Prepositions are tricky and don't always translate neatly.

December 17, 2018


When I lived in Sweden 40+ years ago, I finally got the prepositions right. Now it's like I'm starting all over again. Very frustrating.

August 25, 2017


I'm pleasantly surprised that so many other people are struggling with prepositions as well. I too have felt like I've reached a learning plateau here because I just can't get past the darn prepositions and grammatical structure. If anyone has any tables or anything that they could share to help me, I would appreciate that.

August 20, 2018


Hi Flicka930, joining to the other request, could you please share with me that mentioned document? I would highly appreciate it. Tack så mycket

September 10, 2018
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