"You read the newspapers."

Translation:Du läser tidningarna.

January 10, 2015

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Why "ni"? Most frustrating thing is not explaining "why" behind anything.


I'll just put this here:

I assumed tidning is cognate with English 'tidings'. In fact it is a very close anagram. Remeber thr song We Wish You A Merry Christmas has a line; 'Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin'. Good tidings or good NEWS. Newspapers.


Yup. A tiding was an announcement, originally, and news used to be announced orally. German, Danish, Dutch, etc. also have cognates.


Both du and ni are accepted here :-)


Any tips on remembering tidning? It just won't stick...


Tid translates to time.

A lot of newspapers are called 'The Times' (as is one of the major newspapers in the UK) or 'The Sunday Times' or 'The [place name] Times'

Maybe that could help to make a connection for you?


When do you put -arna after the word? Because sometimes it's just -en and sometimes you put -or after the word, but i don't know what to use when. Can someone explain?


For tidning:

  • -en is the singular definite suffix: tidningen = the newspaper
  • -ar is the plural suffix: tidningar = newspapers
  • -na is the plural definite suffix: tidningarna = the newspapers

The pattern depends largely on the verb's declination. This page has some more info on that: https://www.lysator.liu.se/language/Languages/Swedish/Grammar.html#nouns


Thought it meant "read" in the padt tense so I wrote "läst".



Past tense is läste.


Do most Swedes use "Du" or "Ni?" - I believe that Du is used with friends and family, while Ni is for people you don't know . Is that correct?


No, that's a common myth. You should use du when talking to one person, and ni when talking to more than one person. Swedish never used ni broadly as a formal pronoun, and you may even offend some older people if you use it, so while it does occur rarely, this is largely misinformed and not advisable.


what's the difference between tidningar and tidningarna?

  • tidningar = newspapers
  • tidningarna = the newspapers


It wont accept du or ni for me each time i select one it suggests the other... Very frustrating


Did you get it as a multiple choice question? For those, you have to check all correct answers – so you'd have to choose both if they appeared together.

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