can 'halvår' be used for age also? it is ok if i say 'barnet är halvår' or it has to be 'barnet är sex månader'?
Not exactly, but you were close ;) Then you would use 'halvt år' like in 'Barnet är ett halvt år'
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Like in school? Or any given period of six months? By the way thanks for answering so fast! I really appreciate it
I believe that Swedish halvår can translate as English half-year or semester, the latter being not only the half of a school year, but also any period of six months.
Where do you live that semester means 6 months? I don't believe I've ever heard it used that way? (I've lived in Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin in the US) Although I see other comments with the same question so it can't be too uncommon.
Just as "halvår" means "half a year" My question is that,,
- Can I add other nouns behind hal to make a compound noun? (Grammatically)
- Is "halvar" countable? (CUZ "ett-" accompanied? ) then What's the plural version of this word?
- You can't add halv- to all nouns, but to a few words it is possible! When you speak to a Swede you could try and see if they understand ;) For example circle (cirkel) and moon (måne) are possible words; "halvcirkel" and "halvmåne", respectively.
- Yes, it's countable. But in Sweden we don't count halvår! In plural it would be "halvåren" as "the years" would be "åren".
Guess I have to try my luck in Sweden!----> to figure out which is possible and not :) Thank you so much!!
Is the indefinite article always required before 'halvår'? Also could you say 'det tar halvåret' to mean 'it takes half of the year'?
Well, you could say both 'Det tar ett halvår' and 'Det tar halva året' but not 'Det tar halvåret' (actually you can say that when talking, but it would not be absolutely correct)
half of a year is what any English grammar teacher would prescribe, so should be an accepted answer.