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"Du är lik din bror."

Translation:You look like your brother.

December 16, 2014



How would you say "You are like your brother"? i.e. a way that doesn't specify in looks alone.


Du är som din bror.

Som means as, like as in ”Cold as ice” and ”Hurts like hell” and similar similes.


I didn't know that, thanks :)


"You are like your brother" is also a correct translation according to Duolingo here.


When I use lik, som and ser ut ?


Speaking from personal use rather than actually knowing any rules, I'd say:

"x ser ut som z" is used for appearance only (x looks like z). You can specify other type of likness with e.g "x låter som y" (x sounds like y) etc.

"x är som z" is used more for z as a "concept" than one specific thing, e.g "mitt rum är som en bastu" (my room is like a sauna).

"x är lik z" is usually about appearance, but can be for other likeness too. To avoid misunderstanding, one should usually specify that it is not appearance that is meant, unless it is obvious (so "Du är lik Mr Bean" (~you are like Mr.Bean) would typically be understood to mean they look alike, if you want it to mean in how they behave, one preferably should say e.g "Du liknar Mr Bean till sättet". Though if you say "Den här låten liknar nationalsången" (This tune resembles the national anthem) it can't really be about looks, so no specification is needed.)

"x liknar z" is almost always interchangeable with "x är lik z", except for a few set phrases.

"x är likadan som z" indicate higher level of likeness, and can often be translated to "same" rather than "similar". Sometime one will her one Swede say e.g "Jag har samma bil som du", and the other might teasingly point out "Nej, men du har en likadan bil som jag", since the first one kind of mean that there is just one car and we both have it, while the second means the two cars are of the same make and model. (I have the same car as you)


Why does « You are looking like your brother » is marked as wrong?


Generally, continuous forms of verbs that have a static meaning should be avoided in English. Sometimes they get another meaning, like is seeing which means date instead of see.

Other examples of stative verbs are “like”, “have”, and “taste”. The progresssive form cannot be used for talking about habits or routines.

And other users, please don't downvote questions like this, at least not when they're already at the bottom of the page. It's quite legitimate to ask questions about English too, and the answers to questions like this one can be very useful.


could this phrase also mean you are like your brother as in mannerisms and not in just physical appearance


so swedish does not have gerunds, or any form that would work for a verb to become the subject_? or can an infinitive be a subject?


The infinitive can be a subject. Att segla är nödvändigt 'Sailing is necessary'.


so as a native speaker, do you think infinitive "to sail" or does it seem like a different meaning? I ask, since you translated it like a gerund.
Also, do you think in English, or any other language? Not to be personal, but since you have/or are studying so many languages, it seems unimaginable that you could know so many languages and think in several. I lived in Germany for a year(many years ago), but there are some German words or idioms that say the meaning so much better than in English, that they still come to my mind more than the English words. Some languages capture the meaning of the words so much better, they should be taken into English. Thanks.


For some reason I thought that was the common way of saying it in English. I tried googling it now but I get somewhat confusing results: Wikipedia gives it with 'to sail', but I get more hits on Google for 'sailing is necessary' than for 'to sail is necessary'. Anyway it doesn't really matter in itself, the Swedish infinitive corresponds to both in English in cases like this. It's more a matter of which one fits best in which context in English.

I wanted to come back here because I thought of something yesterday that I wanted to add: while we don't have a gerund and the active participle (in this case seglande) rarely works as a subject, we have a lot of abstract nouns, in many cases created from verbs. In this case, that form is segling, which is not a verb at all, but it's a so-called verbal noun. It can fill any function other nouns can. So you could say either att segla är kul which would be 'sailing is fun' or 'to sail is fun', but also segling är kul which means 'sailing [the activity] is fun'.

As for what language I think in, it varies. I'm not always aware of it, but I've noticed I usually think in English when I'm on here. I can think for a while in one language, even one I don't know that well, and then switch to another one… it varies a lot.


That is a very strange sentence in English. As a native speaker of English I can understand what it implies but it sounds very strange indeed.


Yeah, it's probably not correct in this example I'd say, but there ARE possibilities out there for using the continuous 'you are looking like' in a colloquial manner.

Say your little brother is growing up and wearing nicer clothes and your mom says to him, "Hey, you're looking like your brother these days!"


Because you would not use the continuous form of to look here. I'm afraid I can't tell you why because I only speak my language, not study it haha. Perhaps someone with a better linguistics background can help. The best I can do is link this article which seems to explain some rules to follow when deciding whether to use the continuous tense or not.


Basically because that sentence doesn't work in English


Could vara lik be like ser ut?


No, not really. They amount to "be similar to" and "look like" and I think there is a relevant difference.


Uhmm, it seems to make sense! Thanks!


I am a little confused. Is "Du är lik din bror" the same as "Du ser ut som din bror"? Do Both of them imply that "you look (physically) like your brother?"


It could mean that the two look the same, but it could also mean that they act in a similar way


I saw that "You look like your brother" is one of the accepted answers but would that not be something along the lines of "Du ser ut lik din bror"?

In my eyes, the phrase " you are like X" means that you act like (or have a similar personality to) X.


You cannot say Du ser ut lik din bror, but you can say Du ser ut som din bror. It's true that är lik is not necessarily about looks, but it usually is.

You are like would be Du är som in Swedish, so lik is a bit of a false friend here.


The opposite of this would be "du ar inte lik din bror", right? Or would "inte" go after "lik" since this is a verb phrase?


Curious why not "Du liknar din bror."


That is also accepted as a translation of the English sentence here. I don't think there's any real difference in meaning between Du liknar din bror and Du är lik din bror.


Is the "lik" in this sentence used in the -ett form?


No, ett lik means a corpse... The word lik here means "similar".


I wrote - You are similar to your brother- but it was marked wrong. I am wondering if this is this is actually an acceptable translation? thanks


Maybe, but the Swedish phrase usually means "look similar to", rather than "are similar to".


Got it, thanks. Didn't know that it mostly referred to looks.


Is lik only used for this set phrase or does it have other meanings, too.


It can be used in other phrases, such as vara lik.


This looks like english if you know that the D comes from a changed TH sound.


Except for the fact that the English "You are like your brother" does not usually refer to physical appearances, while the Swedish version does.


"You are alike your brother." is bad?" Even if so, it's my English, not my Swedish which is wrong.


In English, you can say either "You and your brother look alike." Or say "You look like your brother"


You and your brother are alike?


I think that might be a bit too far from the Swedish sentence construction-wise. It would backtranslate to "Du och din bror är lika(dana)".


Can "Du är lik din bror" also mean behaviour for example, or only "look like"?

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