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Mot

When does mot mean towards vs against? I know it can translate to both (as well as other things), and I am uncertain as to the correct contexts for using mot because of this confusion.

3 years ago

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Roughly, it means towards when there's some sort of distance involved, physical or not. For instance, gå mot dörren = walk towards the door. And it means against when there is a struggle or contact, e.g. hon står själv mot världen = she stands alone against the world; mot alla odds = against all odds; ställ den mot väggen = put it against the wall. I should say though that mot, like many other prepositions, does not really have a fixed set of correct definitions, but rather varies with individual use. And to complicate things further, there's also emot, which may or may not mean the exact same as mot - it's debated. :)

3 years ago

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That clarified things greatly for me. Thank you :)

3 years ago