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Jag orkar inte

Is the title of this discussion grammatically correct? Is it a complete thought? If I understand correctly, the verb "orkar" essentially means "to have the energy/willpower (to do something)." So is it possible for it to stand on its own like this, or does the sentence need to continue, to specify what, exactly, I don't ork?

February 12, 2015



The sentence can stand on it's own (almost), but it needs to be in a context. The context doesn't have to be spoken but has to be understood by the listener.


  • As an answer to suggestions or questions: "Vill du gå på bio idag?", "Nej, jag orkar inte."
  • You're sitting and studying with someone, being tired and all you exclaim: "Jag orkar inte mer!"
  • Someone talks enthusiastically about something but you just want to go to sleep: "Förlåt, men jag orkar inte nu."


You can leave it on its own or continue, explaining what you can't manage to do.


Okay, cool. So, would I be right in assuming that, if I said it all on its own and with no real context, I'd be implying that I can't manage to do anything? And in the context of a conversation, I'd be implying that I can't manage to do whatever it is we were talking about?


Not sure about saying it without context. I've only ever used it with context, like if someone offered me more food but I was too full.


Would "Jag inge orkar" be something that could stand alone to mean what Snommelp suggested of being unable to do anything at all? Rather than saying I don't have the energy [for that] it would be a flat I have no energy?


"Jag har ingen energi" would be better, imo (but I'm only quasi-native). Orkar is only a verb - not aware it's ever used as a noun.


Oh right, I didn't even think about that changing the part of speech! Thanks!


"Jag orkar inte" can also be used as an exclamation of annoyance, especially if you're an angst-ridden teenager. People will, if they care about you, ask for context, in which case they'll probably say something along the lines of "vad är det nu då?" (roughly "what's the matter").

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