"The children love you."
Translation:Barnen älskar dig.
Why is "du" unacceptable in this context? Why must it be "dej"? Also, when is it proper to use "dej"?
In this sentence you have to use object form of you (dig,er) not subject form (du,ni), "dej" is how to pronounce "dig" and it is unacceptable in both Duolingo and formal Swedish writing.
Dig (pronounced like dej, which is why people spell it that way in really casual contexts) is what we call an object pronoun, while du is what we call a subject pronoun. It's like the difference between I and me or he and him in English, the only difference is that the object form of you in English is still you while the object forms of du and ni are dig and er.
Jag tycker om honom.
I like him.
Du är trevlig. Jag tycker om dig.
You are nice. I like you.
Ni är trevliga. Jag tycker om er.
You guys are nice. I like you.
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Is 'er' formal you and 'dig' informal? This is my guess as a German speaker but I know it may be entirely inaccurate...
i dont understand why Du isnt acceptable here? whats the difference between dig and du? i really struggle with technical terms for words, so if someone could give me examples that would be great
It has to do with subject and object. That means that it has to do with whether the person is acting (subject) or acted upon (object). For the English pronoun "you", these forms are the same.
I love them - Here "I" is the subject and "them" is the object.
They love me - Here "they" is the subject and "me" is the object
This is the difference with du and dig respectively. If you refer to the person acting, it's "du". But if you're referring to the person acted upon, it's "dig".
Does that make it clearer?
thank you so much! so if the sentence was "you love your children", would that then be "Du alskar dina barn" and not "dig'?
Can anybody clarify for me why it must be dig and not er? Or is it a glitch that it wont accept er?
Both are accepted answers and if you get it as a multiple choice question, you'd have to choose both. But glitches happen sometimes.
Er = Second person plural object or possessive; dig = Second person singular object; dej = informal spelling of "dig", should not be used in formal writing nor on Duolingo.