"We often go to museums."

Translation:Vi går ofta på museer.

January 20, 2015

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Why doesn't åker work also? Isn't går only for walking? This has probably been addressed elsewhere, sorry!


It's always "gå på bio", "gå på teater", "gå på museum" when you focus on the activity. If you want to say that you went by car to the museum, you'll say something like "jag tog bilen till museet" eller "jag åkte bil till museet".

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Why is "museum" correct? I would expect "museer". Is it the translation of "We often go to a museum", which basically had the same meaning? And in that case, why doesn't the "a" get translated to the Swedish sentence? Does "går på" never need "en/ett"?


Vi går ofta på museer is an accepted answer too. But the Swedish sentence Vi går ofta på museum is the main sentence: the Swedish sentences are always written first. In this Swedish sentence, gå på museum is used without an article in a way that doesn't really have a counterpart in English. (gå på ett museum would be 'go to a museum' and gå på museet is 'go to the museum'). gå på museum is a more general expression. Its meaning is something like "go museum-going", if you see what I mean. Because of this, using the plural is the best English translation.


There are some similar expressions where we use an indefinite noun without an article: gå på bio 'go to the movies' works exactly the same. köpa bil 'buy a car' is another example. It's quite possible to köpa en bil, and we often say that too, but köpa bil has a more general meaning, where köpa and bil form a sort of unit.


I don't understand why the "main sentence" isn't the sentence you're trying to translate.


Why not "Vi går ofta till museum"?


It’s sort of a set phrase that you gå på different activities or venues. See Helens comment above.


Well, I guess that the choice of preposition isn't always very logical :). However, you can say
Vi går ofta till museet (We often walk to the museum).


I thought "gå till" is something like "to approach", "to move towards smth". Is it right?


Pretty much, but it can also mean just walking.


I am getting confused : is 'museum' an ett-word when singular (ett museum, museet) and a en-word when plural (museer, museerna) ?


I wrote vi ofta gå på museum and it says the correct answer should have been vi brukar gå på museum. But then in the comments section it says vi går ofta på museum. Can somebody explain the difference between the two correct answers to me and why my option is wrong? Because I'm a bit lost right now.


There are two mistakes in your suggestion:
1. The present tense of "gå" is "går", so it has to be "vi går".
2. The word order in your sentence is not correct. The normal translation is "Vi går ofta på museum", but "Vi går på museum ofta" works as well.

ofta = often
vi brukar gå = we usually go


Thanks a lot. Have a lingot.


what is a museer?


Museer means museums.


So does "museerna" work for "the museums"?


Yes, that's correct.


Thank you very much for the answers!


The way i think of this is similar to how in english we say "i go to school"


Why not 'ofta går vi på museer'? If ofta is a time adverb?


It's a time adverbial and it isn't wrong per se to put it first in the sentence. It's just that doing that changes the meaning of the sentence so much that it's no longer likely as a translation of this English sentence. The meaning becomes a lot more specific, more like 'A lot of the times, we go to museums' or 'What we do a lot is that we go to museums'.


Why is it 'Vi går ofta på museum' and not 'Vi ofta går på museum'?


V2 rule - the verb wants to go second.


Would "Vi går på museum ofta" be correct? Or does "ofta" have to follow "går?"


"Vi går på museum ofta" works too.


Why is museerna a wrong word to use?


museerna means 'the museums'


I should know that, thanks for clarifying.

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