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Irregular plurals?

In tips you can find this:

Irregular plurals

There are several irregular plural forms, usually these include changing the main vowel.

en man → män en mus → möss en hand → händer en bok → böcker

BUT i googled irregural pluras and find this: http://www.cram.com/flashcards/swedish-noun-plurals-irregular-1499156

Why here in tips are not all irregular plurals?

Also what about pasta? Pasta is en-word ending with -a. Why is not pastor? Is pasta some exception and if it is where can I find other if there are any?

Thanks :)

February 14, 2015



I made a list of words with a vowel change in the plural a while back which you can find here.

I’m not sure about your thoughts about pasta, to the extent that you would use it in the plural, I would definitely say pastor. Why is it irregular?


It is not irregular. According to google translator (english to swedish) pasta stays pasta expl. a pasta - en pasta several pasta - flera pasta I would also say pastor...

And what about tallrik. Why is tallrikar?


According to SAOL, plural form for pasta is pastor.


You could say, en pasta, flera pastor, or, en pasta, flera pasta(sorter)

It's an italian loanword.


-ar is probably the most regular way of forming plurals in Swedish, so tallrik -ar is the same as e.g. hund -ar.


Yes dogs are hundar BUT it is because there is rule regarding one-syllable words. they can take either -ar or -er..so that's why hund pl is hundar...that's not situation with tallrik (tall-rick - two-syllable word)


I don’t know of that rule, but you can just make any word a two-syllable word by making it a compound, such as making hund into kamphund. It would still have -ar, also -ar is the standard ending for two-syllable words on -e like pojke and gubbe. I can also think of words like cykel or fågel or syster that also have -ar.

But I understand your point that tallrik has no –e, –el or –er, nor is a compound word. It could be that it sounds like a compound word to Swedish speaker even though it isn’t. It might as well be a compound word such as tall+rik just as kamp+hund is one because they have the exact same melody, so then it would make sense that they are treated the same way.

I don’t know though.

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