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"Whose dress is it?"

Translation:Vems klänning är det?

January 22, 2015



Why is it 'det' and not 'den', as it is en klänning?


I understood it this way: "Den and det both represent the pronoun it. However, if "it" denotes a pronoun in a preceding sentence, we use den for en-words, and det for ett words. Otherwise, det is always used."


I'd guess it's because you generally use "det" for anything not specified any further, meaning "it" or "that thing". So in this case you're asking "Whose dress is that [thing]?" rather than "Whose dress is that [dress]?".

I'm just trying to make sense of this, since I made the same mistake in thinking I should use "den", but I may be wrong..


Difference between vem and vems?


Same as who and whose.


What is the difference between "vems" and "vars"?


Vems is an interrogative pronoun (used for asking questions), but vars is used to start subordinate clauses. Ex: Vems bok är det? (Whose book is it?). Hon är flickan vars pappa är lärare. (She is the girl whose dad is a teacher).


I put "det är vems klänning". Is it the wrong word order?


Yes, that word order is a bit awkward. You could actually use it with a very marked question intonation, but then it would translate the sentence It's whose dress?? (with emphasis on 'whose'), not 'Whose dress is it?'
For questions with question words (like när, var, hur, vem 'when, where, how, who'), the question word normally comes first, just like in English.


I thought the verb needed to come second. Nej?


Im also wondering about the V2 rule in this sentence


What about 'Vems är det klänning' ? It's marked wrong, i just don't know why


No sure why "Vems klänning är den?" is not also okay.


Would it be possible to likewise say 'Det ar vems klanning'?


No, you have to use vars. Vems is only used as an interrogative pronoun. See Super-Svensk's comment above.

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