"Hon ställde flaskan på bordet."

Translation:She put the bottle on the table.

December 12, 2014

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Is there a difference between 'lade' and 'stallde' in when/why they are used? or are they interchangeable?


Yes, there's a difference in position. In Swedish, you can ställa, sätta or lägga, which all correspond to put in English.
Things that you ställer (past ställde) end up in a standing position.
Things that you lägger (past lade or la) will lie down
Things that you sätter (past satte) are in an intermediate position that can be thought of as "sitting", or the position afterwards is less clear.

So if you ställde flaskan, the bottle will be standing up afterwards, but if you lade flaskan, the bottle is now lying down.


Interesting why Swedish resembles Eastern-Slavic languages in quite a number of things really difficult to grasp for a native speaker of English. This is one of them: in Russian there are also three words derived from "to stand", "to sit" and "to lie" for putting things.


in German as well ...: setzen, stellen, legen


I wonder if there is consistency in the words that are used for stand, sit, and lie in the languages. For example, I think I remember someone saying that Swedish birds "sit". Do Russian birds also "sit", or are they less lazy and they "stand"instead?


If it's a Russian bird, it's probably squatting. :p


You can use all of those in English as well: "he stood the bottle on his head", "he laid the book on the table", "he sat the computer on the chair" - they correspond directly.


Yes, it's possible, but the thing is we use them much more, and we normally use one of those when you'd say put in English. He stood the bottle on the table is not the normal way of saying it in English, but Han ställde flaskan på bordet is in Swedish.


No, it's not as common in English any more - I just thought it would clear up some confusion to make a direct comparison. "Put" has only been used in the current sense in English for a few hundred years - before that its meaning was closer to "push". Instead, words like "lay" were used. Both the English "lay" and the Swedish "lägga" come from the same Old Norse root "legja". "Ställde" has the same root as the English "stall" - but obviously the meaning has changed in English.


American English speaker here, and I actually answered "he stood the bottle on the table", and it was marked wrong. To me, that's an entirely normal way to say it, just as it would be to say "he laid the book on the table", or "he set the computer on the chair" (I would use "set" here, not "sat"). In fact, I probably don't use "put" terribly often, and certainly not more often than I would use the more descriptive words.


I agree, as an English teacher. -but English is becoming sloppier, so almost anything is said.


Another interesting thing I've observed recently is the substitution of place for put - especially in commercials - they place the food in the refrigerator . As a side note - Dutch and German do much the same thing with lay and sit.


I agree. I also put '...stood the bottle...' and it was marked incorrect. It should be accepted


In Swedish you do seem to use them more than in modern standard school english , but my Grandad rarely "puts" things anywhere. He sets something down, lays stuff on the table, or "stands it over there"...or even slings it in a corner. I've never seen him "put" a thing anywhere in my life! Then again he never "turns" a corner either, he swings, hangs or rounds it. XD

Now I think of it, It is amazing the depth of language we are losing in the commonly spoken modern standardised english :( as i use these terms far less often, and often use a much less rich vocabulary to describe common actions than he does.


You learn french? If yes, I speak french ;) bonne chance!


So can I say "She set the bottle on the table" instead of "She put the bottle on the table?"


Wow, that's some explanation. Thanks a ton.


As deeper I go into swedish I have to notice all kinds of similarities between swedish language and serbian language,my native lang.


me, my native language is french ;)

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