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"Nobody needs to swim."

Translation:Ingen behöver simma.

February 22, 2015



why "att" is not needed here?


The grammatical explanation is that it's not used with modal verbs.


Which verbs are modal/what does modal mean?


A modal verb is used to "indicate modality – that is, likelihood, ability, permission, and obligation" (Wikipedia: Modal verb). That is, it modifies the perspective on the main verb.

Among the very common modal verbs, we find behöver, borde, brukar, får, kan, måste, ska, vill and tänker, for example. I was unable to find a complete list though.


can you give an example of a sentence when "att" would come before "simma"? I'm having trouble finding any sentences using "att" before the verb.


Det är kul att simma! = It's fun to swim!


As a native portuguese, it looks strange that the present tense tends to end in -er/-ar and the infinitive often in vowels, when it is the exact opposite in portuguese.

Eg. 'Igen behöver simma' 'Ninguém precisa (de) nadar'


Might "ingen ska simma" be acceptable here?


No, ska is more like "going" or "intend to ".


How about "ingen måste simma"? Would that be interpreted as "it must be the case that no one swims"?


That would be like "No one must swim," which has a similar meaning, but it's not quite the same as "No one needs to swim."


Hej, I would like to know when and why (if it's possible to answer that) the W in simma is dropped. I noticed that in other words too. Is there any explanation to that and is that only in Swedish or also in the other Scandinavian languages?


Do you mean why the English word "swim" contains a w and the Swedish word simma does not?

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