"The birds eat all the strawberries."

Translation:Fåglarna äter upp alla jordgubbar.

February 16, 2015




February 16, 2015


Yes, that’s also correct.

February 16, 2015


I got this in a multiple choice format and apparently jordgubbar and jordgubbarna bith mean "the strawberries".

June 7, 2015


Not true, but you can say both alla jordgubbar and alla jordgubbarna.

June 7, 2015



June 7, 2015


Why does both 'jordgubbar' AND 'jordgubbarna' mean 'the strawberries' - Wouldn't "Jag äter upp alla jordgubbar" translate to "I eat all strawberries" (no 'the)?

April 6, 2017


I would like an answer to this as well, please. Somebody. lol

April 20, 2017


I think it's because in English - other than in Swedish -, it's uncommon to say "all strawberries". In Swedish you can choose either one.

April 20, 2017


all strawberries matter

August 15, 2017


Why can you do both jordgubbar and -arna? Is this applied to words such as mat/en?

June 3, 2016


Ditto - is it always okay to drop the definite when using alla? Typically in English saying "all [x]" is the equivalent to saying "all [x] in the world" which makes this vague Swedish rule hard to wrap my mind around.

Especially if you said something like "All Americans have blonde hair" (every American in the world) vs "All the Americans have blonde hair" (perhaps all the Americans in your group)

August 24, 2017


Any real difference in meaning when including "upp" or not? My impression in English is that it lends a certain cutesy, folksy sound to say "eat up" rather than just "eat," as if one might throw that word in when telling one's little one a bed-time story, but not otherwise.

April 14, 2016


Well, att äta upp or to eat up just means eating EVERYTHING (of a specified set of food). So in my opinion, including alla AND upp should be redundant. Therefore you could either say "Fåglarna äter upp jordgubbarna." or "Fåglarna äter alla jordgubbar(na)." without changing the meaning much. Though I guess that including both alla and upp emphasizes that in the end, there really won't be a single strawberry left. Which is sad. :(

April 18, 2016


To add to what Schudith said, äter upp sounds perfectly normal in Swedish and is used a lot more than 'eat up' in English.

May 29, 2016
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