"He is wrong."

Translation:Han har fel.

February 7, 2015



Is it not correct to say "Han är fel"? This makes more intuitive sense to me, but perhaps using "har" is more common in the language?

February 7, 2015


The Swedish phrasing is "you have wrong," not "you are wrong." Just a linguistic difference.

February 8, 2015


Does this apply to any common other words? eg. right

June 22, 2015


right works the same way: Du har rätt - 'You are right'.

June 22, 2015


I'm just realizing that it's the same in french. Tu AS raison/tort. It'll help me remember that, tack !

December 1, 2016


Like kardemumma says "har fel" is the way Swedish says it. To say "han är fel" would imply something along the lines that "he himself is a wrong".

February 8, 2015


Okay, I understand. Thanks!

February 9, 2015


Its like saying someone has it wrong in English

April 6, 2015


That's right. Just like in Croatian, you can say: You are right - U pravu si or You 'have' right - Imaš pravo

July 17, 2015


I see you're learning French, Swedish works like it for this: tu AS tort = du HAR fel. I noticed that Swedish doesn't share a similarity with English, it will share it with French! Hope it will help! :)

August 13, 2016


It is similar with German. Gramatically Swedish is really similar to German. :)

March 18, 2018


De fela byxor -"The wrong Trousers"

Wallace och Grommit anybody?

April 18, 2015



April 18, 2015


In cases like this, Swedish tends to use no article at all, so the W&G title would be (and indeed is) "Fel byxor". Confusing, I know.

December 1, 2016


Ost Grommit?

August 13, 2018



August 13, 2018


Beautiful, 'he is wrong' goes to the entity of the person himself, 'he has it wrong' is directed to something the person is saying/doing. But the person himself may still be ok. I like this....

January 9, 2017


Can someone explain why 'har' is correct in this statement when the options given in the question are.... Ligger, Står, Mår.

Am confused by this.

April 22, 2017


The verb "to be" is probably the verb with the most variations across languages - it's very, very versatile, and what's idiomatic in one language may not be in another.

So the hover hints for "is" cover quite a lot of things, and Duolingo chooses the order that it thinks is the most suitable in general - not what's actually correct for the given sentence.

In Swedish, you "have" wrong, but in English, you "are" wrong.

April 22, 2017


Ha.. I love how I thought to myself: "pretty sure it's 'har'... I'll just check the suggestions anyhow.." Put "ligger" and it was wrong. Should have trusted myself...

June 20, 2015


I would have throught that Han är för fel would be right too?

August 15, 2016


No, when people are wrong, we say that they har fel. Also, you can't add för.

December 1, 2016


" Han har fel ", not han är fel ? We will have to accept it.

September 7, 2018
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