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Verb conjugations in Swedish

I just started studying Swedish and something I can't understand clearly is the conjugation of the verbs. For example, the sentence "Jag äter bröd" means "I eat bread", but also "I am eating bread". The only way to figure out what the sentence means exactly is looking at the whole context? Or is there any other secret?

January 25, 2015

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

In Swedish, the present tense (äter) means both "eat" and "is eating." In Swedish, verbs are conjugated only for tense, not subject.

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guidder

So, there's no difference in those two sentences when you think in Swedish, I suppose.

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

Spot on!

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guidder

Thanks, man :D

January 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JCahill11

It's nice, isn't it?

January 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guidder

The grammar seems to be alright, but I'm having some difficulty with the pronounce and the vocabulary. My mother tongue is Portuguese and everything is quite different, you know.

January 26, 2015
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