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"Han är egentligen inte min bror."

Translation:He is not really my brother.

January 23, 2015



So happy to have an equivalent in my language :) (Eigenlijk, dutch; eigentlich, german)


I wouldn't be surprised if it's even a German loanword. :) Swedish borrowed incredible amounts of Low German words in medieval times.


Indeed, it is borrowed from Middle Low German egentlik + Swedish -en (in it's role of converting adjectives into adverbs).


What's the difference between "egentligen" and "verkligen" in terms of use?


Egentligen means "actually", verkligen means "really".


I used "actually" here, but it was corrected with "really"...


Well, looking back on my explanation, it's overly simplified. I'll elaborate:

Verkligen emphasizes the reality of what's stated. "Filmen är verkligen bra" means that "The movie was really good" in the sense that the reality of the quality of the movie is what's being emphasised.

Egentligen points out that something isn't what one might expect. "Jag är egentligen rörmokare" means that "I am actually a plumber" in the sense that one might not have though that.

Does that perhaps help a little bit?


I know the difference. But why is it wrong to say "actually" here? It would fit even more than "really", following your explanation.


Both actually and really are accepted answers. The Duolingo model for building a course does, however, require one single sentence out of the possible answers to be the one best translation for any added sentence. I guess that's what's causing this.


What about riktig compared to egentligen and verkligen


Riktig is an adjective but egentligen and verkligen are adverbs.


Is the TTS pronunciation correct? Something like "yentligen"?


In 'egentligen', the 'g' can be pronounced as 'y'.


what is the correct pronuncuation of 'egentligen'? sometimes i hear it with the second 'g' hard like 'gun' and sometimes soft like 'yen'


I believe it's a dialect/regional thing. If I remember correctly, the moderators have said that some pronounce it with a hard 'g' and some soften the sound so that it becomes almost inaudible, which makes it sound like "yen".

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