December 4, 2014



One of my professors claims that saying "Precis!" is the quickest way to sound like you're actually from Sweden.

January 10, 2015


Svenska 101: Precis, absolut, perfekt, korrekt!

September 11, 2015


As an exchange student to Sweden, I remember my host mother saying, "Absolut inte!"

May 16, 2019


Then the next word out of my mouth would be a dead giveaway. :-)

August 11, 2015


Then imagine Swedish spoken in a USA Deep South accent, y'all.

July 4, 2016


Kudos for making me think about my aunt from Frankfurt, DE who lives in Texas. She frequently combines German and Southern English like that (Eg: Wie gehts, y'all?)

April 9, 2017


They use this a lot in Sweden! Along with 'absolut'.

December 17, 2014


And "Just precis!" is just as common for 'Exactly', really emphasizing it.

December 21, 2014


And 'Precis det!' :)

March 26, 2015


'Precis det!' sounds like something we could say, when pointing at something, pointing out that "Precis DET" (demonstrative pronoun) is the item you are talking about. But when we say "Absolut!" or "Just precis!" it is an emphatic way of saying that we agree with what the former speaker just said.

March 30, 2015


Okay, thanks. Maybe I was thinking of "Just det!" Can that work?

March 30, 2015


Yes, absolutely! :-) "Just det!" is affirmative in the same way as 'Precis!'

March 30, 2015


Could this also mean precise?

December 4, 2014



December 4, 2014


Are they related somehow?

December 9, 2015


Maybe like in "precisely"?

November 7, 2016


I wonder what is the historical explanation for all those latin-like words in the swede language.

January 6, 2015


Latin was the 'lingua franca' all through Europe in the Middle Ages and onwards. Latin-like loanwords seems to be pretty much the same in all west European languages. Even if the words are not direct loans from Latin, they seems to have been mediated pretty much unchanged through English, French, German. --- I have the feeling that the more 'educated', intellectual, vocabulary we use, the easier to understand, since Europe has a joint educational history at large

January 6, 2015


Exactly! The more isolated Icelandic, on the other hand, won't allow almost any loan words.

April 8, 2015


Actually, it's the same expression in Dutch: Precies !

April 7, 2017


in French, précisément?

March 28, 2016


And, "precisamente", Brazilian portuguese.

June 21, 2018


Precisely is accepted here but how close a translation is it? Is it okay to use precisely all the time instead of exactly?

September 23, 2016


Usually both work, though imho exactly is a little closer in meaning in many cases.

In some sentences, neither works. An example from the internet: One of the merits of the report is precisely that it avoids doing this. Unless you rewrite this sentence pretty heavily, this precisely should be translated as just.

November 7, 2016


Precis probably means Precise, doesn't it? That's how I'm going to remember it, because precise means exact.

October 27, 2016


It can be an adjective, but it's usually an adverb, so it's better to think of precisely instead.

January 7, 2017


Difference between noga, noggrann, precis and exakt? Im using a swedish dictionary and i cant tell which are tye precise meanings and the synonyms. Basically... For the Swedish half: Noga=Precise Noggrann=Precise/Accurate Precis=Exact/Exactly/Precise

For the English half: Exact=Exakt Exactly=Exakt Precise=Precis/Nogra/Noggrann

Could anybody please clear this up as to which are synonyms and which are direct translations? Its all so confusing.

January 7, 2017


noga and noggrann mean 'careful', and only noga is used in the expression Det är inte så noga 'It doesn't matter that much'.
exakt and precis are pretty much the same thing in most cases but precis can have a temporal meaning which exakt cannot, e.g. Vi kom precis hit 'We just got here'.

Also when you say 'Not exactly' in English, that is Inte precis in Swedish – inte exakt is not used in this sense, it only means literally 'not exactly' as in 'not exactly 3, but 3.024'.

January 7, 2017


I see, I will revisit this when I'm less tired and can understand better but thank you very much.

January 8, 2017


I heard someone in an movie using 'precis' as a 'ja'('yes'), when he was answering a question. Is it OK?

January 24, 2017


Depends on the question, I think.

Just as "exactly" or "precisely" wouldn't always work as a response to a question in English.

January 25, 2017


I know what you mean. Thank you. :)

January 25, 2017
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