"I definitely do not know her."

Translation:Jag känner henne definitivt inte.

November 30, 2014

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Could someone explain the structure of the sentence?


Late answer, but I'd like to add a link to my long post about word order here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8970470 – the text in section 1.2 deals with this type of sentence.


Does this mean that one could've said "Jag känner definitivt henne inte" or moved the "definitivt" in any other place in the sentence?


Thank you! You are great


would "jag känner henne inte definitivt" also work or is there preference for one modifier over the other?


Why can't I use 'vet'?


"Vet" is for facts and knowledge, "känner" is for people and feelings.


Could it be used to mean "I know of her"?


Can one say "Jag känner inte henne absolut/definitivt"?


No. You'd have to say "Jag känner henne absolut/definitivt inte".


So after reading previous discussions about SVO/OVS word order, I decided to try "Henne känner jag definitivt inte," which was accepted. I'm just wondering what implication that word order has versus the suggested correct answer


I had this same question where it didn't accept absolut and then the next time it didn't accept definitvt. Am i just confused?


It should all work now, edited the accepted answers a little bit. If you have further problems with this sentence, please report them and we'll fix it.


Can you change it so that the version using absolut is listed as one of the correct translations?


It's already in several accepted answers, e.g. Jag känner henne absolut inte and Jag känner absolut inte henne. What did you put exactly?


What I put in is not relevant (it happens to be that I put the absolut at the end: Jag känner inte henne absolut ). The problem is that only one correct solution, using definitiv, is shown.

So I'm using the app. I think that absolut fits here for "definately". I try that, but get the incorrect word order. The only correct solution shown to me after this mistake is a form involving definitiv. If I stop there I'd learn that absolut can not or should not be used in this situation. When I go to the discussion I learn that there is a valid way to use definitiv. What would be nice is to not have to go to the discussion (which is not accessible on the iphone app) to learn the nature of my mistake.

Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate your effort. Hopefully this type of comment (whether or not this specific one is that good) helps improve the lessons.


The machinery tries to match what you input to the closest accepted answer. So it should in principle have corrected you to a closer version, one with absolut. I don't know why it didn't, probably something about how the algorithm is constructed. But it isn't something that we as course creators can fix, I'm afraid.


Can I say that these adverbs will always precede inte? Jag känner henne absolut inte * / Jag känner absolut inte henne* ?


why not Jag definitivt känner henne inte/ Jag definitivt känner inte henne


That's because the verb must go in second place in the sentence. Longer post about word order here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8970470


Or why can't I say 'definitivt känner jag inte henne'


That is a grammatical word order but somewhat awkward and bit far from the original here.


"Jag känner inte definitivt hennes" was my failed attempt. I guess that would have changed the sentence to "I don't know her definitely.


The normal position for adverbs that modify inte is before inte. One adverb that behaves differently is alls: for not at all we say inte alls. But that's because that word has a special history.

Compare: Jag känner henne inte väl 'I do not know her well' – väl is an adverb but it doesn't modify inte, it modifies känner (How do I know her? Well or not?)
Jag förstår henne oftast inte 'I usually don't understand her' – oftast modifies either the whole sentence, or inte (When do I not understand her?)


Definitivt känner jag inte henne. Why is this incorrect? Is it the position of inte?

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