"Kan jag låna er våg?"

Translation:May I borrow your scale?

January 22, 2015



Why do you need the ´få´here? Wouldn´t it mean the same thing just to say "Kan jag låna er våg?"

February 9, 2015


I think saying "Kan jag" and "Kan jag få" is the difference between saying "can I" and "may I" in english.

February 9, 2015


That's a good explanation!

February 9, 2015


So why not får jag låna?

February 26, 2015


That works too, it's just a little less polite than Kan jag få…? More on the level of Can I …?

February 26, 2015


I think for Kan jag få låna. . . it's easy to remember the word order if you think of it as May I be permitted to borrow. . ., which is slightly archaic in English but still used.

July 13, 2015


Thank you--that is very helpful!

February 9, 2015


So a summary about weight-related words:
En vikt: weight (en tyngd: gravity, weight)
Viktig: important
Att väga: weigh ( the present tense: väger)
En våg: scale (the instrument that measures weight)

Not to be confused with:
En vägg: wall
En väg: road, way

September 2, 2016


I can see a surfer maybe saying "Can I borrow your wave?"... maybe.

But it was not accepted! :P

April 11, 2016


That's what I thought, too ... and I wondered what it was doing in the science section.

April 15, 2016


Haha, I love how both of you have epic landscape profile photos to go with these comments.

June 21, 2016

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This would normally be plurailsed when refering to weighing apparatus (at least in British usage) as in: 'May I borrow your scales'.

April 17, 2016


Because mine is lying to me

August 6, 2016


Is it then that a skal is for measuring magnitude or something abstract - like a likert scale, whereas a ❤❤❤ (sorry, can't do special characters) is for a piece of equipment that is used for measuring the weight of something?

August 20, 2015


Yes, en våg is a physical thing, a piece of equipment. en skala is an array of values, like in e.g. 'on a scale from 1 to 3' på en skala från 1 till 3skalan is the array of values 1, 2, 3, and the values between them.

August 20, 2015


Okej! Tack sa mycket :)

August 21, 2015


More or less polite than <skulle jag kunna låna er våg>.

July 4, 2016


I don't know why, but to me it sounds like she says "er" instead of "jag". Can someone confirm that?

May 7, 2016


The sound on jag is a bit murky. I don't hear it as er, but it is unclear.

May 20, 2016


Wouldn't this "scale" be a ruler?

April 3, 2016


en våg is just 'a scale' as in 'something that tells you how heavy things are'.
a ruler or a scale ruler (used for measuring length or drawing straight lines) is en linjal.

May 20, 2016


"kan/får jag lånar" is the same as "kan jag få låna"?

July 19, 2016
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