"Patienten bars in av två sjuksköterskor."

Translation:The patient was carried in by two nurses.

January 9, 2015

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What does this sentence even mean?


It's quite literal. Two nurses carried a patient into some place.


How would you phrase the sentence in present tense ("is carried in")?


Not 100% but bärs perhaps? Could a native verify?


I verify :)! Note that the vowel is long here and that with a short "ä" it means beer!


Vad är det för skillnad mellan bärs och öl?


Can you give an example of what you mean by long? I always thought it was a as in cat (American English).


"Long" and "short" vowels in English refer to the SOUND, not to the duration of the sound.

Short version: if the vowel "says its name" it's long.

Kate, late, bait, and date all have a LONG A. Cat (kat), bat, sat, and chat have a SHORT A.

Short / long are unfortunate designations, but again, they have absolutely nothing to do with whether the sound is clipped off, emphasized, or drawn out -- even to the point where it might become "singing" the "short" and "long" vowel sounds continue to exist.


In Swedish though, the difference is precisely between long and short vowels [with a long vs short duration] so for our purposes it's a very useful and necessary distinction. The sound in bärs = 'is being carried' is [æː] and the sound in bärs = 'beer' is [æ]. Same sound, only long or short.

It's true that there's also a difference in vowel quality in the case of e.g. long /a/ vs short /a/ = [ɑː] vs [a] but the long /a/ is still long. The consonant sound is also longer after a short vowel and shorter after a long vowel. This is something that you don't really have in English so the distinction may take some time to get used to and it may even be hard to hear the difference at first. If you keep listening, you'll hear it more clearly.


With this in mind maybe it's clearer to give the phonetic sound of the swedish vowels rather than say short or long. In the English case its AY for the long A sound for instance.


I think in some American English accents and in RP, the "a" in "bad" is often longer than the "a" in "bat", but since the vowel length is not needed to tell words apart in English, it is going to be more difficult for an English speaker to hear the difference. In some northern British accents, the short "a" generally seems very short, so you could try to compare such an accent to your own. A long vowel is simply longer than a short vowel.


Very true. There are quite a few message threads in these forums where this phenomenon causes confusion, since different people have different experiences concerning vowel lengths in English.


Hm, it feels like "ä" in bärs = is carried is longer then a in cat and "ä" in bärs = beer is definitely shorter than a in cat.


I played the 2 (av bära) and (dryck) but my English ears could not hear a difference except that dryck seemed slightly faster. Is that the only difference?


Yes, with a shorter "ä" it is faster :) and apart from that the pronunciation is the same.


What's the infinitive of 'bars' here again? Having trouble recall!


is the s silent in Swedish words or what the heck am I hearing???


You are hearing a retroflex :).


Note that it normally happens also between words, e.g. in "Hon bär sin hund (she carries her dog).


this is the third topic that cannot be completed as there is no way to type. Reported. a lot of wasted time!


Believe me, we're just as annoyed with it as you are... :/


tack, kanske jag ska ta lingot semester


Please explain the usage of BARS in this sentence. Is it an s-passive or perifrastoc passive. Is BARA en -ar verb or an -er one.....or something else!!!!!


bära is an irregular verb: the present tense is bär, the past tense is bar, the perfect is har burit.

bars is hence the passive form of the past tense.


Thanks. Whilst at it may you clarify är tryckta...in the sentence tidningarna är tryckta på billigare papper. Is the verb passive or perifrastic or naybe anything to do with passive participle. Thanks in advance. This passive lesson has driven me crazy.


That's periphrastic. Swedish regular passives end in an s, and periphrastic passives use a version of either bli or vara.

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