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"The shoes are small."

Translation:Skorna är små.

February 22, 2015


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    Why shouldn't "lita" be used?


    The word liten is annoyingly irregular. The form lita does not exist - it's små in plural.

    • en liten
    • ett litet
    • flera små

    ... and to make it further complicated, the English small / smaller / smallest is, in Swedish, liten (or litet) / mindre / minst.


    Also the definite form is the irregular lilla.


    Ah, yes, thank you.


    Little, minor, minutest! Is that stretching a language link?


    liten to "little" and mindre to "minor" are both correct, although the link in the latter case is more of a "mutual roots" than "direct cognate" thing. I'm not entirely sure about the third coupling but I don't think those are related.


    Apologies, I'm getting confused with declining this and don't know whether plural definite should be små or lilla! I get that the indefinite versions are liten/litet/små but other comments (e.g. Lundgren8's "Also the definite form is the irregular lilla") and https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/liten#Swedish have the definite version as always being lilla, yet Arnauti's comment has "the plural form is always små. Skorna är små and de små skorna", which agrees with this exercise. Please can someone help straighten out my confusion?


    Wiktionary is seldom wrong, so I'm surprised they made a mistake with such a common word - but it is indeed wrong. Compare e.g. Swedish Wiktionary instead: https://sv.wiktionary.org/wiki/liten#Adjektiv


    Thanks for the prompt response devalanteriel (as always!), I'll correct my notes to reflect that definite plural is små. Much appreciated.


    "Liten"'s plural form is "Små".

    "Lita" is a verb that means "To trust".


    so there is no "småa"?


    Why is "de skorna är små" wrong?


    You only use the definite article if you have an adjective. Otherwise, de turns into "those".

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