"The capital of Finland"

Translation:Finlands huvudstad

January 4, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sim-hae

Why not "huvudstaden"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

You don’t have the definite form after a possessive word (Finlands).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick3636

Ughhh... The hints seem to always be there to intentionally throw us off rather than help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sim-hae

Okay. Thanks :)


[deactivated user]

    I wish I knew this before. Tack!


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

    Yeah this really annoyed me too, especially as the hint suggested huvudstaden


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eur0pean

    Why isn't "Huvudstaden av Finland" ("The captial of Finland") correct?


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

    I agree, they should be separate translations... 'Huvudstaden av Finland'= the capital of Finland, and 'Finlands huvudstad'= Finland's capital would make much more sense. Unless a Swede can enlighten us why this is a no-no?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ewan.yy

    If I remember correctly, some other posts explained that Swedes do not use the structure "the a of b" that often as we do in English, after all they are two different languages. So possessive nouns are more commonly used. Please correct me if I am inaccurate.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lk_
    • 2229

    I think I've heard it similarly, that the possessive 's in English is mainly used when talking about persons, and otherwise 'the a of b' construct. In Swedish it seems to be more relaxed with the possessive s form so I think those two translations (Finlands huvudstad // The capital of Finland) are well corresponding and Finlands huvudstad sounds more fluent. Don't know what's wrong with 'huvudstaden av Finland' though.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wyqtor
    • 2784

    ...är Helsingfors.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/50iqbrainlet

    vi ska träffa på torget


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Debbie178207

    how would we know that there is not a definite form after a possessive word in Finland? I also thought it should be huvudstaden - the capital

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