"The woman is lying in bed."

Translation:Kvinnan ligger i sängen.

February 17, 2015

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It just confused me that it was not 'the bed' in English, but was in Swedish.


In a handful of cases, one language will prefer the definite and the other the indefinite. This is one of those cases. A reverse example is "going to the cinema", which is just "gå på bio" in Swedish.


So when is "bed" not in definitive form?


I just wrote a bit about it on the other questions asked here. Perhaps you can find the answer there. If not, just tell me and I'll try to answer your concerns.


Can someone help me and the three other persons asking the same question? Why Sängen, and not säng?


Surely. This is a constuct where Swedish will just want the definite while English prefers the indefinite. I'm afraid it's just one of those things you'll have to learn.


but on the other hand it seems to be "jag går i säng" and not "sängen"; correct?


Bump. I'd like to know the answer to this as well


why "the bed" is not correct?


From what I can se, it is:

'All acceptable translations of "Kvinnan ligger i sängen."

<pre>The woman is lying in the bed. The woman is lying on the bed. The woman is lying in bed. The woman lies in the bed. The woman lies on the bed. The woman lies in bed. The lady is lying in the bed. The lady is lying on the bed. The lady is lying in bed. The lady lies in the bed. The lady lies on the bed. The lady lies in bed. The woman is in the bed. The woman is in bed. The lady is in the bed. The lady is in bed. The woman is lying in bed.' </pre>

Maybe it was added after you had already asked the question. But, well, it is accepted now.

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    But there is a difference in meaning in English between "lying in bed" and "lying on the bed". Does Swedish make this distinction?


    You would use "ligger på sängen" if you meant that she was lying on the bed.


    Please explain difference between ‘i’ and ‘på’.


    I believe 'i' is 'in' , while 'på' in this case is 'on'


    Why not på instead of i?


    If you speak German, it is also definite in there:

    Die Frau liegt im Bett.


    Is this one of the cases where you can assume it's her own bed, if it's not specified what bed you're talking about?


    Why "sängen"no "säng"


    Also accepted: kvinnan ligger till sängs.


    I will be honest, this sentence feels like a trap after so many times of PÅ seeming to go where i would.

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