"Mannen äter bröd."

Translation:The man eats bread.

December 10, 2014



How do you pronounce "brod"?

December 10, 2014


Like so. It’s close to the vowel in fur without the r-flavour.

December 11, 2014



December 11, 2014


A bread but the e with the sound of o

May 4, 2018


It has the same sound of the "ö" in German or "eu" in French. Pronounce "e" as in the word EIGHT without i-sound, with the lips rounded. This vowel is classified like front rounded vowel.


December 21, 2014


It is mannen and not man because that en at the end mean the

February 8, 2015


I really think that the genders of nouns should be showed like in German when you hover over nouns.

January 3, 2016


How can I determine when it is- "The man IS EATING bread" and when it would just be "The man EATS bread"? The times confuse me.

April 28, 2017


You can't, except by context.

May 2, 2017


why mannen and not man?

February 6, 2015


Because "man äter bröd" would translate to "man eats bread" which is grammatically incorrect. A determiner (article in this case) is needed there.

  • "Mannen äter bröd" - "The man eats bread"
  • "En man äter bröd" - "A man eats bread"
March 17, 2015


how do you do' the 'in swedish?

March 29, 2015


The definite article is added to the noun as a suffix but it depends if it's singular or plural. It also depends on other determiners/modifiers.

  • StolChair
  • En stolA chair
  • StolenThe chair
  • Den nya stolenThe new chair (literally the new the chair)
  • StolarnaThe chairs

  • BordTable
  • Ett bordA table
  • BordetThe table
  • Det nya bordetThe new table (literally the new the table)
  • BordenThe tables
March 30, 2015


Is there any way to suggest putting this in the tips and notes section?

April 11, 2015


Thank you

March 30, 2015


is stolarna is irregular? why the chairS is stolARNA and the tables is just bordEN? and about the new chair, why not EN but D+en??

April 29, 2015


Stol is an en-word and bord is an ett-word so their plurals and articles are different.

Also, stol is a noun of the second declension, so its becomes plural by adding the -ar suffix.

  • Stolar - chairs

The -na suffix is added to the plural so it becomes definite. It's the same as the -en suffix if it were singular.

  • Stolarna - the chairs

On the other hand, bord is a noun of the fifth declension, which means that it's an ett-word that ends in a consonant. It doesn't change to become plural, but gets the -en suffix to become definite plural.

  • Bord - table/tables
  • Borden - the tables

About den, det, de they are what is called freestanding definite articles. They could be seen as direct equivalents to the English "the" or German der, die, das, (den). They are used whenever there is something modifying the definite noun. As you are probably thinking already, they depend on the "gender" or article of the noun.

  • En nya stol - a new chair
  • Den nya stolen - the new chair
  • Ett nya bord - a new table
  • Det nya bordet - the new table
April 29, 2015


How come 'kvinnan' not kvinnen?

March 30, 2015


Words that already end with a vowel get a -n or a -t instead of -en or -et.

March 30, 2015


so are verbs such as Äter and dricker present tense by themselves? and what would happen in a sentence to change them to past and future? also do these conjugate to different nouns such as what happens to verbs in german?

January 15, 2016


Wow, if you say 'Mannen ater brod' again and again, it sounds like what it is trans. to: 'The man eats the bread'. Well, kind of. My question is, do some words sound like English because, Sweden and Germany were close at one time, and English gets part of German words? Or is there another reason?

November 19, 2016


I am Brazilian, and when i use eats and eat?

May 4, 2018


Whenever it translates to "(ele/ela/isso) come" you have to use "eats". It's the 3rd person singular form of the simple present.

For all the other pronouns, the conjugation is the same: "eat"

May 6, 2018


Don't we need to use an article before bröd? We put before äpple.

May 6, 2018


No, bröd functions as a mass noun here.

November 20, 2018


"the man eats bread" (no starting capital is not accepted... picky)

January 18, 2019


Duolingo isn't supposed to care about capitalisation or punctuation, but occasionally the system screws up and still does. Nobody know why, I'm afraid. :(

January 18, 2019


These are way too easy and same words all the time.

January 19, 2019


You're only in the first few lessons. Once you progress further in the tree, things will get tougher. :)

January 19, 2019
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