Yes. The feel of that verb is not quite the same as in Swedish though, so "prevent" or "stop" are better translations when there's no context.
Every time I see native Germanic words in Swedish with English cognates, I feel a little bit sad about English using often more cumbersome Latinate words.
Thanks for answering my question before I asked it :P. I was looking here, wondering if "stop" would also be an acceptable translation for "hindra".
Agreed! ..."prevent us" in this sentence sounds very incomplete whereas "stop us" is quite an acceptable way to finish the sentence.
Yes, it needs to be "prevent us from [infinitive verb phrase]". However, if we put "stop us" instead then you'll never be asked to translate into stoppa oss, which is good to know in Swedish. I honestly don't think there's a good solution here. We do want to teach it.
Seems fair to me! I certainly can't think of a way to teach this any better! I am here to learn Swedish rather than quibble over English grammar - I was just trying to clarify for non native English speakers that the English sentence is a little bit awkward!!! ;)
Is "hindra oss" == "to put an obstacle in our way" or "make it impossible for us"?
So, how would you tell "It will not prevent us" apart from "It does not come to prevent us"?
That depends, I suppose. What exact interpretation of the latter did you have in mind?
It might be easier to imagine using a slightly different sentence, so imagine maybe "He prevents us" vs "He comes to prevent us". So like, if my friends and constantly trespass on someone's land and the owner always comes out to prevent us from doing so, we might tell others about this man saying "Han kommer att hindra oss.", implying he always comes over to where we are to stop us from crossing into his land. The problem is, if I understand correctly, that that sentence would translate to "He will prevent us", even though that might not be quite what I mean.
Thanks. :) In that case, they translate like this:
- he prevents us = han hindrar oss
- he comes to prevent us = han kommer för att hindra oss
- han kommer att hindra oss = he will prevent us
So there's no ambiguity in Swedish.
What about the verb " förbyga" I think that this words in swedish means "to prevent"