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"Arkitekten sitter vid skrivbordet."

Translation:The architect is sitting by the desk.

February 8, 2015



why not his desk since Swedish often uses the definite article where english uses a possessive


Good point. Added it.


"skrivbordet" looks an awful lot like the English "drawing board" to me in this context...


"The writing table"


Me too. It wasn't accepted when I tried it


why 'by' and not 'next to'?


I think 'next to' is bredvid. Not sure tho.


You're right.


I would think that The architect sits at the writing desk would be an acceptable translation.


still not accepted, eventhough ok...


You would think, but no. "The architect sits by the desk" is also flagged as wrong even though it means the same thing. Apparently he can't "sit" he has to be "sitting"


Now that's a pity, as he has such a comfortable sofa.


Is this equivalent to sitting at or behind a desk?


This means that he/she is sitting at the desk or by the desk. If we want to be specific and say he/she is sitting behind the desk, we can say Arkitekten sitter bakom skrivbordet.


Which version is more commen in swedish? Att sitta vid skrivbordet eller att sitta bakom skrivbordet? In Dutch you can only say sitting behind the desk, the other one would simply mean that you're sitting somewhere near the desk. In English I think at the desk is the most common.


Sorry, this is a little off-topic but I'm curious to know: surely one can also say Hij zit aan zijn bureau in Dutch? Especially if it were a case, say, of his sitting at his desk in front of the window: aan zijn bureau voor het raam (?)


You're absolutely right!! Well spotted.


I find this very confusing. To sit at the desk I would imagine someone actually using the desk. To sit by the desk I would think of someone sitting near the desk. So is vid in the context of using the desl or just sitting near the desk. I am not a native English speaker, so perhaps someone can help me here.


Given that 'at the desk' is also accepted, I believe that this does imply being in a position to use the desk, as compared to just being near it (but not necessarily actually using it, as 'at the desk' does not imply active usage in English either, just that they might be using the desk).

Prepositions like this tend to be one of the more difficult aspects of a language to translate, because they tend to end up used in a wider variety of ways than most other words. 'för' and 'på' are probably the most varied examples in Swedish specifically, but most of the short prepositions have similar variability. English has some odd cases too TBH, and even as a native speaker of the language I occasionally come across usages of prepositions that I find unexpected (for example, the usage of 'up' in the British English fixed phrases 'ring up' and 'knock up' caught me really off guard the first time I heard them).


What about Arkitekten sitter på skrivbordet?


Would translate to The architect is sitting on the desk.


I do not see an answer to the question of RabbieY. I had 'his desk' as well, and do not see why this is wrong, since Swedish often uses the definite article where english uses a possessive


Yes, I just added it now due you your suggestions. It works fine.


Duolingo also accepted: The architect is at the desk



I tried: "the architect sits by the writing desk". It was rejected. Shouldn't it be included as a possible answer?

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    By and beside are synonymous can you please change the marking to reflect this!


    "sitter" can be either 'is' or 'is sitting', but 'The architect is by the desk' is not accepted, so does this mean that "sitter" implies sitting when used in contexts involving objects that can be 'sat' at? How does one discern when something 'sits' rather than just 'is'?


    Skrivbord literally means a table where you write


    In general usage of English, "The architect is sitting AT the desk" should also be accepted.


    I accidentally did "TJE architect" and it was considered incorrect, but other, larger errors are often called typos.

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