"He only has a towel on."

Translation:Han har bara en handduk på sig.

December 19, 2014

19 Comments
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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dagummace

It normally tells me I could have put "på sig" before the clothing item when I end the sentence with it. I complied this time, and it requured "på sig" at the end this time. Which is really more natural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dagummace

Excuse me. Reverse what I said.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

Both work fine.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wxfrog
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På sig before handduk is not accepted,


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wolfthewhite

"Han har bara på sig en handduk" is accepted. "Han har på sig bara en handduk" is not.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/plank_

Still not accepting "han har på sig bara en handduk". Is it wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Herjulv

The latter would have to be "Han har bara på sig en handduk". Don't know if it's accepted though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bernicus

Does bara have to go after har for this sentence to make sense or are other word orders acceptable too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

Bara has to go before the word it describes. Compare:

Han har bara en handduk på sig = He only has a towel on

Bara han har en handduk på sig = Only he has a towel on


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Avidon0

How about 'Han har på sig bara en handduk'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martin.mk

han har på sig bara en handduk - not accepted

And this sounds most natural to my a-few-language-understanding ear. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Namor_Votilav

Should be good too. But bara natives could tell you for sure :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

Doesn't sound very natural to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PLLumsdaine

Is there a rule that explains why this word order isn’t so natural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taurendil

So is there just this word for a towel, not differentiating them by size (or rather use)? Since in my L1 we wouldn't call a big towel a 'handtowel'. It sounds strange having only a 'handduk' on because towels used for drying hands are usually quite small.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmoriley

Apparently there are multiple words for towel that use handdukken as the base. https://ne.ord.se/ordbok/svenska/engelska/s%C3%B6k/towel


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taurendil

Tack så mycket!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KteCMHkt

might the implication be that he is wearing a bath towel (badduk)?

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