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"Jag önskar mig ett vitt hjul."

Translation:I wish for a white wheel.

December 3, 2014



A rather odd request....


It's a wordplay! ;D

I wish for a white christmas = Jag önskar mig en vit jul


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As an American from the Midwest, I would never use the verb "wish" in regards to objects. I might say, "I would like/love a white wheel." I would use wish more to describe preferable situations or conditions, like "I wish it would snow right before Christmas," or "I wish I had more time."


I know it's unidiomatic to some, but I don't think I fully agree - phrases like "we wish you a merry Christmas", or "wish you a good night's sleep", for instance.


As a fellow American Midwesterner, I can see where you're coming from, but there are certainly cases where we would wish for objects. "I blow out the candles on my birthday cake, and I wish for a new bicycle", or "I have six apples, but I really wish I had an orange", or "Genie, I wish for a new car!". It doesn't come up terribly often, but it's a perfectly cogent sentence.


Why not "I wish I had a white wheel"?


That'd be e.g. jag önskar att jag hade ett vitt hjul.


Would this be I wish for me to have a white wheel


Yes, pretty much. It's in the sense that you hope to receive something.

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    Why the use of mig instead of forcing or till or om?


    In Swedish, you don't önska till or önska om something. The construction önska sig is just the idiomatic way to say it.


    Is there any change in the pronunciation between jul and hjul? It's difficult for me to notice it. (I liked the wordplay :p)


    Nope. They're pronounced exactly the same.


    I wish for a white wheel. Dumb in any language


    We know it's a pun in Swedish, but it's still a bad English sentence.

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