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"The girl calls her mother and she saves her."

Translation:Pigen ringer til sin mor og hun redder hende.

December 6, 2014



I don't understand why usung kalder isn't right here (or it just wasn't added idk)


'kalder' isn't right, because it needs the preposition. 'kalder på' would be correct here, but would mean physically calling someone without a phone


Wher us it mentioned that she's using a phone?


No it's not. What if the girl's drowning and calls her mother and her mother saves her? No phone there!


I think it is because you can't say kalder på til. Or ringer til, or kalder på.


Do you absolutely need the "til"? E.g. in Swedish, a very similar language, you often omit it. If you do need it, what is the grammatical rule for that?


Yes, you need the "til". If you call someone "ringer til nogen" or write someone "skriver til nogen".


I am a Norwegian. Ower languege is very simular tu swedish and i know quet a lot of their languege, and most people would scip the "til"


No, the "til" is definitely needed.


Okay but why do you need it? Like what would be the difference between "pigen ringer til sin mor", and "pigen ringer sin mor"?


'Hun ringer sin mor' means literally ringing her mom, as in using her mom as a bell or something that can produce a ringing sound. In other words it'd be a nonsense thing to say.


This explanation makes a lot of sense, thank you!


At ringe til = to call to someone. It doesn't work mot-a-mot from English. Mark ringer til Peter. NOT Mark ringer Peter.


Was that a reply for me?


Yes. And not only.


Alright, but then others might miss the context since they wont connect your comment to my question, if this thread gets a lot of conversation.

Also, I never assumed that Danish would work like English. :) I just wonder why you need the preposition when you e.g. don't have to use it in Swedish (though, to me, it does sound better with "til/till").


Danish destinguish from swedish and norwegian in many ways, we sometimes have different gramma. Another example on that is: my car = min bil (danish) / bilen min (norwegian).


Why not "pigen kalder sin mor"?


Your answer below is way too far down so I gave up. Kalder på would be correct had the på tile been available. Ringer til requires a telephone but no indication in the context. Is kalder til legitimate in Danish or is it too much of a backwoods, uneducated usage?

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Is repeating "hun" (in the second part of the sentence) an obligation ? Is it correct to omit it and say "pigen ringer til sin mor og redder hende" ? Tak!


The English sentence is ambiguous: when you say "The girl calls her mother" it might mean her own mother, but it can just as well refer to that of someone who has been mentioned before, like in "The old woman yells: "My mom is walking towards the zombies, she needs to be warned!", so the girl calls her mother and saves her". This is exactly the ambiguity that is solved in Danish by the use of "sin" and "hendes", so why is it wrong to translate this with "Pigen ringer til hendes mor og hun redder hende"?


You need to use sin mor instead of hendes mor because 'her mother' is referring to the girl that was already mentioned in the sentence. I find it really confusing myself but generally you use sin if the subject was already mentioned and hendes/hans if not - hope that helps :)


I AM a danish person and there doesnt have to be a she isn this sentence


Ha! I totally misinterpreted that sentence and wrote PIGEN KALDER PÅ HENDES MOR OG HUN REDDER HENDE. It marked it as correct, though, so all good.


That's fine. The English verb "calls" could mean "uses her voice to attract her mother's attention, or, especially in the USA, it means the same as "rings" or "phones".


The hun is confusing. We can't say if the girl saves the mother or if the mother saves the girl.


What's the difference between 'ringer' and 'kalder'? When do you use one or the other?


Well, in this context, the girl calls her mother on the phone. Ringer is for calls and alarms.


I'm confused on when to use hun vs hende... can anyone help?


"Hun" is She, "Hende" is her.


The word "saves" says it translates to both "redder" and "gemmer", both of which were options. I picked wrong.

What's the difference between them? Does gemmer mean to save up?


Yes. Redder is like rescuing; gemmer is like keeping something for later.


How I can know the way how the girl is calling to her mother by phone?? Yes their are optons but than please put description how the girl is calling.


What the . . . this makes absolutely no sense????


It's super ambiguous with a bunch of pronouns. Who saved whom?


It would be clearer if "her" was omitted, or replaced with a noun. On the other hand, working with ambiguous sentences like these forces you to think...


As a native speaker, it can literally mean both, and omitting the second 'hun' is as correct as including it.


And... This is why English teachers used to make you diagram sentences...

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