"De dricker teet."

Translation:They are drinking the tea.

December 11, 2014

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Am I correct in assuming that "De" should always be pronounced "Dom" in modern Swedish?


Yes, except for many Finland Swedish dialects and more rural accents in Sweden.


Shouldn't it be: "they drink tea" in English?


Nope, teet is the tea, whereas indefinite is just te.


But surely when translating you would write it as it should be said in that language and not a literal translation? If someone said 'they are drinking the tea' to me I would correct them.


It depends on what you mean. You could want to say this in English too, it's just that it's a less frequent situation. Like, they're drinking the tea, but not touching the coffee, so they're probably not Swedish. :)


No you shouldn't correct them if they're talking about a specific tea that somebody is drinking. That's what the sentence is about in this example. It's the same in swedish and english.


I keep on failing "speaking exercises" but really, I don't think I'm doing them that bad. It only happens to me with Swedish. Does it happen to anyone else?


I've seen some videos on Youtube where Swedes are teaching the word "de" pronounced as "de" and not "dom." Is it really so common to pronounce it "dom" as you say here? Tack!


Yes, it's very rare to hear someone say "de"/"dem" instead of "dom". It's old fashioned, but maybe it's used in some areas idk.


...and I thought Swedish didn't like to have two vowels next to each other? I take it that this is for the exception list...lol!


That really isn't the case. Swedish has a lot of cases of vowels meeting. Blåa, for instance. Also jag är /ja: e:/.


Sorry, I wasn't totally clear about my post lol. I was just being sarcastic towards Swedish grammar :p.

I remembered reading in the little grammar section, that each Skill level have. That definite singular words, that end in a vowel, don't like to have two vowels next to each other. It said that the vowel from the suffix is supposed to be dropped. So when it came out with "teet". I figured it was one of 'them' exceptions, that languages like to do lol.

Cheers for replying btw.


Why "they are drinking the tea" is wrong? I ask because my mother tongue is Spanish, and Duolingo doesn't have Swedish _Spanish lessons.


I'm from Finland and at school they teach us to pronounce "de" as "de", not "dom" so at first it was very confusing


Any native Swedish speakers here to answer my question?

I was taught in high school (it has been a while since I was there) that it is completely acceptable to use ''Dom'' instead of ''De''. But Duolingo doesn't accept ''Dom'' so has there been a change to this rule or does native speakers just not use it?


We do accept dom wherever de is accepted. It's a colloquial spelling, but it's generally fine in any non-formal text today.

However, the "type what you hear" exercises have a bug where only one correct spelling can be accepted, so we use de as the default.


Why is 'they are drinking the tea" marked wrong?


I'm wondering the same thing


Yes, now that I have done a few more exercises I realize the difference. Thanks!


I really can't think of a situation where one would say that in English... We just don't use the definite article in that way.


I think it's possible to think of a situation where you can use the definite article with tea, although not a very frequent one. The Present Simple form makes this task extremely difficult, but if you change it to Present Continuous, you can have something like: "They're drinking the tea that I made them in the morning."


Why must added with (-et) whereas "te" is ended with a vowel. Wouldn't it should be "tet"? I need just little explanation here, my guess is that for 'this' word only kinda special(?) :D


ja du har rätt, that's just one of those notorious ”exceptions”


Tack sö mycket! :D


This is really annoying.


Duolingo keeps not accepting my pronounciation of "teet" even though I feel like saying it exactly as in the example "te: et". Anyone having the same experience or some advice?


The voice recognition software is notoriously horrible. I would recommend turning it off.


Yes. I kep on failing the speaking exercises although I don't think I'm doing them that bad at all. It only happens to me with Swedish


Hon säger Dom! Hur kan då rätt svar ska vara De????


We do accept dom wherever de is accepted. It's a colloquial spelling, but it's generally fine in any non-formal text today.

However, the "type what you hear" exercises have a bug where only one correct spelling can be accepted, so we use de as the default.


Fix this! Drink, not drink


Pardon, fix what? Drink and drink are the same word, just one with a capital D.


Honestly, who says "They drink the tea"?

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