"Stekpannan är borta."

Translation:The frying pan is gone.

January 31, 2015

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Almost! He's throwing kastruller.


Ja, visst. Hur kan han kasta stekpannan? Den är borta!


Thanks for the laugh! Just perfect. It's fun to learn Swedish AND it's fun to laugh with fellow students; makes learning even more fun. (...And I love the Swedish chef!!!) Tack sa mycket!!


The frying pan 'has' gone should not be marked as wrong. Even though it seems as if this is past tense, in English you can say both 'has gone' and 'is gone' in the present tense.


But the Swedish for "The frying pan has gone" would be something like Stekpannan har gått.

Note that borta is an adverb. Another translation for borta would be "away" or "lost". If you said "The frying pan has away" it wouldn't make sense. "The frying pan has gone" is not a correct translation: it has to be "is" in this case.


excellent reply! makes sense.


That sounds odd to me in English. The implication, I think, is that it got up and walked away on its own.


Comment sets like this make me wish Duolingo allowed us to display our native dialect, because I'm dead curious about where people are from when they say the English phrase I'd use is incorrect... It's actually come up on several translations but this is one of the more interesting ones.


“The frying pan is gone” seems like a perfectly ordinary phrase to me. Can borta be used not just with something like “The teacher is gone” but also “The teacher is away”?


And what is the expression for a vegetarian pan? I wouldn't like to eat my pancakes from a steakpan! Or did I missundersood the word stek?


Yes, steka is a verb meaning 'fry' in Swedish. Both the word stek and the word stekpanna are formed from this root.
So just because en stek happens to be 'a steak', that doesn't mean that the frying pan is solely meant for frying meat.


The word ”steka” is maybe related to the stick on which you put the things you wanted to fry


It comes from Old Norse steik, which is a noun meaning a piece of meat suitable for roasting.


Agree. And this word is related to stick, according to SAOB.


I can't reply to Mark because the app won't let me but I understand that this sentence isn't past tense, but the word "gone" is that's why "is gone" doesn't sound right in English. "Is missing" should be the preferred translation here.


The problem with that is that it has closer translations in fattas or saknas.
borta implies that it was there but isn't any longer. Like I just put it there on the stove, but now all of a sudden it isn't there.

(is missing is a totally acceptable translation though)


The way I would naturally express that in English is "has disappeared". Is that a valid way to translate är borta?


That works too, but then the closest back translation might be har försvunnit or är försvunnen :)
Maybe this is just a bad example sentence.

PS someone sent us this report: in English I would say 'the frying pan has gone' to mean 'I can't find it' or 'it is not where it should be' so I'm thinking of adding has gone too. Sounds wrong to me but maybe some people do use it that way?
No use deleting the sentence at the moment since deleted sentences show up all the time anyway because of that bug.


Also, we can't delete this sentence because where else would I be able to use that gif? :D


I would not add "has gone" as an acceptable answer. This translation lines up nicely: N+ to be + gone/missing. Plus, it implies that the frying pan didn't /do/ anything. Saying something "has gone" sounds like it got up and left on its own.


I think you're right. At the very least, 'the frying pan has gone' should probably translate into stekpannan har försvunnit.


"The frying pan has gone." is using the present perfect tense of to be, which if I'm not mistaken would be Stekpannan var borta.


So, 'the pan has gone' means it has left us by its own... I think the right translation then is 'what the ...!?'.

I think I learnt N+to be+past participle for status sentences and N+have+past participle for action ones, but I should check the grammar book.

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