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"De har sina egna tolkar."

Translation:They have their own interpreters.

February 6, 2015



Why did this one require 'sina' before 'egna' whereas a previous one was 'She has no children of her own,' which was translated as 'Hon har inget egna barn' (might have messed up the declension or order there, but there definitelywas no sina in the example).


The other sentence was Hon har inga egna barn ('She has no children of her own'). If they didn't have any interpreters of their own, that would also be De har inga egna tolkar. When translating the construction no X of one's own into Swedish, we don't include sina.


Could one say Hon har inte egna tolkar to mean "She doesn't have her own interpreter"?


yes, interpreters. But inga is more idiomatic.


Is that because "inga sina egna barn" is stacking too many pronouns/adjectives?


You could have another adjective, e.g. inga egna rödhåriga barn 'no redhead children of their own' but not a possessive pronoun.
It's just like in English I have no books OR I have my books OR I have no good books but not I have no my books.

This no (the no as in no book as opposed to yes or no) doesn't go together with possessive pronouns because that would cause a clash in definiteness. Just like you can't say I have no the book so you have to say I do not have the book instead. One can say that this no is sort of short for 'not a'. But possessive pronouns can only be used about things that are known to some degree – when you know an object well enough to know whose it is, it isn't just "an object" anymore. This works the same in English and Swedish.


Could you also say, then, "Hon har inte nagra barn."


arnauti says in https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/10620467:

While it's not wrong to say inte några in Swedish, we tend to use inga instead in most cases.


That sounds wrong. It should have been inga barn if barn was plural. As for the use of sina I'm not sure about that.


Is egna necessary in this sentence to mean "their own"? I thought sin/sitt/sina automatically means that the possessive pronoun refers to the subject.


I could be wrong, but I think the difference between sina egna and sina is like in english where we have "They have their own interpreter" vs "They have their interpreter" respectively. Assuming we're talking about the same they in both instances, the first sentence is pretty straightforward, They have an interpreter of their own, while the second sentence could mean They have their interpreter (with them), but it could also mean They have an interpreter (who they can call their own).

(Don't quote me on this. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please ^.^)


i think maybe with egna the emphasis is more on the fact that they have a personal interpreter, whereas without the emphasis is more on the having an interpreter at all.


OWN: en-words - egen ett-words - eget(t) plural - egna

Is this allright?


In this audio (and a lot of them), "de" is pronounced like "dom". Is this correct?


Yes, de and dem are both pronounced dom.


Could translators also work, or is there a better word?


Översättare means translator.


translator vs intepreter


An interpreter usually translates in real time for an audience while someone is speaking while a translator could be translating texts or anything really. "Translator" has a much broader meaning.


can't it also be: "they have their own translators"?


That would be De har sina egna översättare.


Why is "translators" not an acceptable answer for tolkar

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