"Hon springer före mig."

Translation:She runs before me.

December 2, 2014



so this means "before" as in "in front of", not "before" as in time? Or are they the same?

December 2, 2014


It can mean both. If you want to avoid being ambiguous, you can say hon springer framför mig, meaning she's running before me as in in front of me or further down the path.

December 2, 2014


In English, the sentence "She's running before me" could technically (and this is debatable) only mean location because "me" is an object, not the beginning of an assumed clause - "She's running before I [run]".

Is there the same kind of distinction in Swedish? ("Hon springer före jag [springer].")

I assume absolutely nobody would care in speech or writing, as is the case in English, but I'm curious.

December 28, 2014


It could before in time if it was like a race, and she is running first and I am running second.

June 15, 2015


In this case, would it be OK to use "innan" for the other meaning ? "Hon springer innan mig" as "before I start running" ?

December 26, 2017


I thought that might be "more correct" in this case, thank you! :)

December 2, 2014


I think in front of but i am not so sure

February 6, 2019


I can't understand the difference between innan and före. Is there kind of rule for that?

July 2, 2016


Could this also imply "She runs before I do" ?

May 23, 2016



May 23, 2016


Could före or framför work well in a sentence like 'The kids are growing right before our eyes' ? Like in a kind of metaphor?

April 1, 2018


english isnt my first language, but to me using "before" to indicate place here feels very strange. I would use "ahead of" then (or in front of, if you want to imply close vicinity). With "before"I immediately think of time.

can anyone verify (or refute) if using "before" to indicate place could indeed be used here?

April 15, 2018


Is this a dagger which I see before me? -Shakespeare's Macbeth

In Swedish the consensus from above comments seems to be that, just as in English, före can be used for both place and time.

July 2, 2018


What's the difference between före and innan? Both means before...

August 2, 2018


She ran before me doesn't work?

December 3, 2016


No. The verb springer is in present tense in the Swedish sentence so you cannot change it to the past tense ran in the English sentence.

January 22, 2018



October 22, 2016



October 22, 2016
Learn Swedish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.