"She is wearing her usual clothes."

Translation:Hon har sina vanliga kläder på sig.

February 5, 2015

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So if I say "hon har på sig hennes vanliga kläder" she is wearing someone elses clothes?


Yes, exactly.


So if I understood the english sentence could be translated either way, depending on whether she was wearing her own clothing or someone else's, why is it wrong to have chosen both "hon har på sig hennes vanliga kläder" and "hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder"?


That isn't wrong, due to the ambiguity you mention.


I'm confused about why the "pa sig" is at the end of the sentence. Is it because a more literal translation is "She has her (own) comfortable clothes on her," is there another way to say this sentence where the "pa sig" comes earlier?


Both word orders work with har på sig. Hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder or Hon har sina vanliga kläder på sig. I don't feel any difference in meaning.


"Hon har på sina vanliga kläder" is just wrong?


It is not entirely wrong, but somewhat awkward.


Why can't it be "hon har på sig vanliga kläder"?


Hon har på sig vanliga kläder would be She is wearing usual clothes. That translation lacks the possessive pronoun present in the original English sentence.


So to clarify, Hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder or Hon har sina vanliga kläder på sig both work as She is wearing her usual clothes? Or is one just awkward? If so, when do we split har på sig and when do we not?


You might want to look at this discussion. Hashmush has some useful explanations regarding har på sig.

But basically, according to him/her, har på sig [object] is awkward. In my experience, I've encountered har [object] på sig more often in Swedish texts.


Tack! That was helpful.


why not vanligt?


vanligt is for singular ett nouns but kläder are plural, so you need vanliga.


Is it wrong to say, hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder


So, correct me if Im wrong but... "har på sig" gets 'split' into har......på sig sometimes, with the thing you're taking about in the middle? Does anyone know when this happens?


This is covered in the comments above as well as extensively here


I wrote "Hon har vanliga kläder". I forgot to write "på sig" at the end of the sentence.

Despite this - my answer was marked correct - albeit with a typo suggestion of "Hon bär sina vanliga kläder".

Can one of the mods explain this to me, please?


"Hon bär sina vanliga kläder" is what was given as the correct answer. BÄR???


Can I say Hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder


Could 'sin' be used instead of 'sina' ? Is 'sin' a word and if so, when is 'sin' used ? I thought I remember using 'sin' at some point in this course I just can't remember when/why.


Sin/sitt/sina are the en/ett/plural forms (respectively) of the possessive for one’s own. Here sina is used because kläder is plural and the item is possessed by the subject of the sentence.


I answered "Hon har på sig sina vanliga kläder" which is allowed, but Duo offered "Hon har sina vanliga kläder på sig." Is one more idiomatic than the other?


This whole section seems to be needlessly stacked. It teaches loads of new words super quickly and rotates then instead of giving you a chance to learn a few before piling on more. It's a shame as so far the lessons have been really well balanced, now I'm just getting frustrated and demotivated.

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