"Han liknade sin mor."

Translation:He looked like his mother.

January 10, 2015



Same shade of lipstick? :-)

February 17, 2016


Is there a difference between this and "Han såg ut som sin mor"?

January 10, 2015


There is a slight difference in meaning; att se ut som carries more weight and implies a close resemblance between two people, while att likna implies a more vague resemblance. Han liknar sin mor is closer to saying He is similar to his mother or He has his mother's looks.

January 11, 2015


There's another expression which I think belongs to the southern US: "He favored his mother." I think that in most places it means he was nicer to her, but here in Tennessee, at least colloquially, it means he looked like her. (Don't get me started on "y'all.")

November 29, 2015


I'd never heard that meaning of "favored" (I'm British). I'd say someone "took after" his mother, though without context that probably implies temperament more than looks.

January 13, 2016


There is also the slang term here in Tennessee "spittin' image" :)

February 16, 2016


Inte bara i Tennessee. Jag hörde det ofta som barn i Michigan.

February 16, 2016


go vols

June 8, 2016


Then he grew a beard.

March 27, 2017


Finally found it... :-) Here's another discussion about this including how to say that someone is like [somebody] when the difference is not just optical. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5982134

November 20, 2015


"He resembled this mother" was accepted, and to me this is a clearer translation.

August 14, 2017


Is there a way to say "He looks like his mom did"?

September 5, 2017


Han ser ut som hans mamma gjorde.

Very literal translation in this case. :)

September 5, 2017


Ah, that makes sense. Thank you :)

September 5, 2017


Is "He was similar to his mother" totally incorrect? In Swedish lessons I am better at Swedish than I am in English :D I understand the Swedish phrases but problems occur when they have to be translated to English, word by word. But getting better and better everyday!

February 12, 2019
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