"Beskrivningen av bilden sitter på väggen."

Translation:The description of the picture is on the wall.

December 29, 2014

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Why is this "is" "sitter"? I thought "sitter" was like sitting on something, not hanging on the wall.....


We also use sitter for attachments, like a stamp on an envelope (’frimärket sitter på kuvertet’). In the similar sense, a note with information ”sitter på väggen”.


kan man använda "ligger" istället då?


In this case? Definitely no, then it has to have a surface underneath it.


Position verbs is something pretty hard to understand I must say. I'm learning Norwegian at university and my teacher taught me that you had å ligge, å sitte and å stå to speak about more abstract things, or objects, like for example : Oslo ligger i Norge. And he taught us that there is an alternate form that you mostly use for people å legge, å sette and å stille (I hope I'm not writing non sense, it's still pretty obscure to me but I'm trying real hard to understand it). So, I was wondering if you had the same in Swedish or you always use just the first form ?


So, "står" would be used for things that are standing on their own (or simply being, like a name on a list).

"ligger" would mean there is a flat surface underneath that object, and it is pretty much -lying- on it

"sitter" for things that are attached to other, put on the wall or people actually sitting somewhere

Am I correct?


No the same thing exists in Swedish. It probably differs from Norwegian here and there though.


So can one say: Den här bilden måste sitta på väggen utan ligga i hyllan?


That's not quite right, but probably close. Could you please write what you meant in English, so I can be sure?


Ok. This picture must hang on the wall, not lie on the shelf.


Thanks. In that case, the only error is that way use utan in response to a negative - but you don't have a negative to respond to here, so you need inte.

If it had said Den här bilden måste inte sitta på väggen, then you follow it up with utan.


Even keys sit in the door, what a surprise for me:

När ni kommer fram nyckeln sitter i dörren.


So in Svenska, names are standing on lists and images sit on walls. :D


Why does one use the "av" construction here? Based on prior lessons I would have assumed that "bildens beskrivning" would be better.


av is also used for parts of a whole, and for similar constructions. The border between that and possession can be very blurry, and it's sometimes hard to tell from just a glance which is which - and also which Swedish prefers.


I think both the "av" construction and the "-s" construction is correct in this case. However, the "av" construction is more frequent with the word "beskrivning". Correct me if I am wrong.


I also wonder...


Not sure what is implied by "image". Can BILD mean "picture"?


I wrote "the description of the photo is on the wall" and was marked wrong. But photo does seem a likely interpretation of the word 'bild', no?


Arguably, but I don't think they should be accepted for each other. After all, a photo doesn't have to be an image, and vice versa - and if you choose to use either of those words over the other, there's probably a reason for it. That reason should come across in translation as well.


a rather irrelevant question: does the pronunciation between väg/ vägg or vägen/ väggen differ?


Yes. Short or long vowel.


why is 'hangs on the wall' not accepted?


I put ...the description of the image on the wall..and was marked as incorrect but the correct answer says, to me at least, that the description of the image, rather than the image itself, is on the wall.


JohnJohnson19 was right about the meaning, but there is no verb in his sentence, as he typed it in his comment, so maybe that's why he got it wrong. He left out the word "is."


is it correct to replace sitter with är? is correwct this other way to say it?


är is also accepted, but I'd say sitter and hänger are much better.


What's wrong with "a description of the picture is on the wall"?


The Swedish sentence is in the definite: "the description".


Would "hänger" work here? That's what we would use in German (hängen)


If it's hanging, yes. :)


I know it's mostly semantics but shouldn't "the description of the image sits on the wall" be accepted?


Yeah, that sounds reasonable.


No, it doesn't. You (or anything or anybody else) can only "sit on a wall" by being located on the top of it - not the vertical surface.


Oh, I'm sorry. I thought I was in a different sentence. Yes, you're right.


As Lundgren stated above: "We also use sitter for attachments". If I or an object is attached to a wall via glue or screws, as a plaque describing an image would be, then could we not "sit" on the wall?


Vore den här meningen rätt "Bildens beskrivning sitter på väggen" eller måste man använda "Beskrivningen av bilden..."


It's slightly less idiomatic but perfectly reasonable. :)


Tack så mycket för det snabba svaret! Jag ska skriva det ner.


But, but, but... xD I thought text "står" like on the Brazilian's flag? Is it "sitter" now because it's a whole description considered as an "object" (like on paper note etc) in itself and not just text anymore?

Would it be different if the description was directly written on the wall?

Am I too far-fetched in my wonderings? ^^"

Thanks anyway, I'm really having fun learning swedish! <3


står means what the text says, not where it's located. :)


Ooooooooh thanks for this!!! I had completely disregarded that! Wishing you a great evening ^^


So if you just happen to see that there is text on the wall, you might ask "Vad står det på väggen?"? But once you know it's the description, you use "sitter"? Or could you still use "Beskrivningen av bilden står på väggen." as an answer to that question?


You could use the latter but it does sound a bit awkward, like I think you suspected. Vad står det på väggen? is perfect, on the other hand.


Hiii does anyone have a tip/trick to remember if there is one or two G in väggen? ^^' I keep making mistake on this one. Thank you!


A wall has a double "l" like en vägg has a double "g". A way does not have a double consonant, so does väg.


Ooooh good one! Thank you very much! Have a lingot! And a great day ^^


what's wrong with 'picture' and 'hangs'?


I don't get how the description can be on the wall without hanging there? Is it a freestanding wall and a card with the description is standing on top of it? Or is the image with the description projected onto the wall?


Why isn"photo" not accepted? On my smartphone, bilder is photos


I think some only auto translation tools play a little fast and loose. If you're using Google translate, for example, it has "picture" highlighted (as the best translation) - but it's the 3rd word down , below photo and image - which you might miss if you're on a tiny screen.

If I look at translate.com it just comes up as "image". While my Prismas hard backed ordbok says picture / illustration/ image.

Which doesn't really answer your question - I'm just pointing out that I use several different sources to check out words that I'm not sure of. And they don't always all agree. Fun, isn't it? ;o)


"The image's description sits on the wall" is wrong, could you tell me why please?


Doesn't bild mean picture as well as image?

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