"Vi sätter oss omkring elden."

Translation:We sit down around the fire.

January 21, 2015

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I couldn't remember eld, so put branden. Duo didn't accept that- as it turns out, I think the difference is that eld is a fire you might want to sit around, while brand is a fire that you would call a brandman for.


Good thinking!


I had supposed the same thing but hadn't thought to double check... glad you did! Tack!


So eld is good fire and brand is the evil one. A good way to remember it. Tack.


It's perfectly grammatical to say "Vi sätter oss omkring branden" and it is a possible meaning of the English--it's just a very foolish thing to do.


What is the difference between runt and omkring?


I was wondering the exact same thing


If I remember correctly, "runt" is "round" (shape) and "omkring" is "around" (an object).


Yes, but i dont think he doesnt mean runt as an adjective. As an adverb, like in the sentence "han svänger runt", i guess for me, "runt" feels like to go around a certain object in circles, as if running around the fire repeatedly, while "omkring" would be when you are just situated around something, having something lie in the centre. Could any native Swede or mod correct me on this?


If this is right, it sounds almost like "omkring" is a position word and "runt" is a destination word (though not sure how true this actually is)


And "kring"? Is it the same as "omkring"?


here again sitter and sätter


Vi sätter oss means the act of sitting down, as in moving from a standing position to a sitting position. You can not translate this into We are sitting around the fire because in that sentence, the people are already seated around the fire in a static position (that would be sitter in Swedish).


So, could I translate this as "We get seated around the fire."?


Yes, that's OK.


I would say a more literal translation would be "We seat ourselves around the fire"


so are those basically transitive/intransitive forms of the same verb or two different verbs?


They are two different verbs.


I get "we sit around the fire" as default translation - so I guess I should report that.


The only place you as a user can see the default translation is on top of this page. When you input something, the system tries to match your input to the closest accepted answer, so what you'll be shown depends on what you put.


Is sätter reflexive then?


The verb sätter exists on its own as a non-reflexive verb meaning 'puts'.
But the verb used here is the reflexive version sätter sig. (jag sätter mig, du sätter dig, han sätter sig etc).


Oh wow, I blanked on it when I saw it. It's one of the three 'puts'. Sorry about that!


Can you tell me what the three puts are and what is the difference between them all?


@Skyprisoner: ställa, lägga, and sätta - depending on how they end up.


Thanks you for clarifying, I understand. But DuoLingo now gives me: "we sit around the fire" as the translation. To me that sounds like "we are sitting around the fire", not very much of an action going on either. Confusing this!


I read the discussion but haven't figured out the difference between runt and omkring :(


Both mean "around", but only "runt" can also be an adjective meaning "round".

In many cases (for "around") they mean the same and both can be used, but there are some exceptions. For example, when describing motion and having an object but no preposition, only "runt" is used.

Vi sitter runt/omkring elden (we sit around the fire)

Jag springer runt huset ( I run around the house)

Barnen springer runt/omkring på gården (the children are running around in the yard)

Jag kommer omkring/runt klockan sju (I'll come around/about seven o'clock)

Tornet är runt (the tower is round)


In many cases there is no differece. For example " jag gick omkring i staden" and "jag gick runt i staden" both mean "I walked around/walked about in town. Rund/runt describe the shape, "en boll är rund, ett runt bord."(a ball is round, a round table)


Doesn't sätter mean 'sat'? ie the past tense of 'sitter'? If so, why isn't "We sat around the fire" accepted?

Apologies for the basic question but google translate is being useless!


The past tense of sitter is satt: vi sitter, vi satt, vi har suttit.
But here we have the reflexive verb sätta sig 'sit down' which is like this: vi sätter oss, vi satte oss, vi har satt oss.
The difference is that sitter is static but sätter sig refers specifically to the act, the "movement" of sitting down. "getting seated" so to speak.


Jaha, nu jag förstår, tack!

  • Nu förstår jag ;)


Since there is not a word for "down" in the Swedish sentence ... why is "We sit around the fire" always come up as wrong?


Duo is trying to teach the difference between /sitta/ and /sätta (sig)/. The use of sätta implies movement, which is why you don't need "down". /Sätta/ is an action, not a state. You could translate the sentence as "We seat ourselves around the fire".


Why sätter oss and not sitter. In the Swedish dictionary sitta is also "sit down." I think of sätter as placed something but not placing myself down.

  • sitta always means to be in a sitting position
  • sätta always means to place in a sitting position

There are no exceptions in Swedish.


What is the difference in "we sit down..." vs "we are sitting down..."


Nothing. Swedish just has the one present tense. "Vi sätter oss".

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