"The number can be increased."
Translation:Antalet kan höjas.
"Höjas" is "increased" (at least when you have "should be", "can be", "will be" etc in front of it, otherwise "increased" can be "höjdes") and "höjs" is "increases".
I'm still confuse about this also. "Höjs" can be "is increased" also, as in the example "Siffran höjs varje dag" which translated as "the figure is increased every day". So, I still can't tell the difference between "höjs" and "höjas" for this course. :/
Tal means number only as in a specific mathematical number, not as in a unspecific numeric amount.
So one cannot say "Talet kan ökas genom att lägga till två.", by trying to say that one specific number can be increased by adding two? Thereby just adding the explanation how the/a mathematical number can in fact be increased.
And thanks for the fast reply!
If you add something to ett tal, you just get another tal. So if you add 3 to 2, you don't get a bigger 2, you just get 5.
However, antal and siffra don't work this way, they kan höjas.
I don't know where you got "talet" from. 1. Siffran fick höjas. 2. Antalet kan höjas (correct answer) 3. Telefonnummer kan ökas.
All sentences on Duolingo are used in different kind of questions, for example "write your answer", "choose the correct answer", "put in the lost word" etc.
Translations for "the number" are given as "antalet" and "numret", but "numret kan höjas" - which would be a more literal/direct translation - is marked as wrong.
Yes, nummer does not always, or even usually, mean the same as number. It does mean the same in expressions like phone number – which is also a good example of what kind of number nummer stands for. Ett nummer is an identifier or an ordinal number ('she finished as number three'), so it cannot be increased. Just like you could not increase a phone number (IP number, zip code, shoe number etc).
But when you say you have 'a number of reasons', or 'there is a large number of something', number cannot be translated as nummer, that is antal.
Well, I can increase an IP number (or zip code, or shoe number) just fine, it's just that the result is usually useless. ;-)
But I see your point. Thanks for the clarification.
I'd say technically you can't, because it won't be the same IP number/zip code/whatever any more. But you're welcome anyway.