"My son cooks for me."

Translation:Min søn laver mad til mig.

January 16, 2015



What is the difference between "for" and "til" and how does it apply to this question?

October 3, 2018


Oh dear, this is one of the more difficult concepts for English speakers. In its very basics, the preposition for refers to the reason of an action, while til is talking about the goal:

  • Jeg læser bogen for sin historie. - I read the book for (because of) its story.
  • Jeg læser bogen til at lære dansk. - I read the book (in order) to learn Danish.

(If you know Spanish, they have a very similar concept with using por and para.)

In this sentence, "you" are the recipient of the action (and the food), so "you" are the goal here, hence til is used. If you use for in this sentence instead, your son would be cooking because you told him to.

October 3, 2018


Works also with Portuguese! for= por til=para

December 4, 2018


Both answers are accepted, though. Thanks, you are always very helpful

June 12, 2019


'min søn laver mad for mig' was not accepted. Can anybody tell me why?

March 23, 2015


Because it should be "....til mig", and not "...for mig".

April 4, 2015


Why is it requiring the word "mad" in Danish, when the English doesn't say "cooks food"?

April 27, 2017


At lave means "to make". Danish doesn't have an all-encompassing word for "to cook" like English does, so they say "to make food" instead.

September 28, 2017


Why can't I say "Min søn koger til mig." ?

April 4, 2019


"At koge" normally means "to boil". It used to be used as "cook", but that's an archaic use now. Nowadays you say "at lave mad".

April 5, 2019


Oh, it makes sense now. By the way, I have never received such a quick and clear response on Duolingo before. Double-thanks! :D

April 5, 2019


I try to be watchful and help where I can. :)

April 5, 2019


The first suggestion for "for" is "efter" for me. (Mobile, android)

January 16, 2015


what if the food is rice? Is it o.k. to say "koger"?

February 10, 2015


Min or mine difference

August 16, 2018


"Min" is for singular objects, whilst "mine" is for several.

(Min søn = My son.) (Mine sønner = My sons).

August 16, 2018


How can We choose the correct meaning when only one (wrong meaning) is available?

May 3, 2019
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