https://www.duolingo.com/gugel.hupf

definite/indefinite plural of ett-words

i found two explanations that explain opposite in the plural-section ...

Singular Plural indefinite Plural definite

ett hus hus husen

and

The ending -en

It's important to remember that the ending -en can be either the indefinite plural of an ett-word, or the definite singular of an en-word! Beware of this common trap for students of Swedish!

armen the arm

husen the houses

the three points: 1) the table above, 2) the explanation and 3) the example do not fit together. I would suggest the text should be ... the ending -en can be either the definite plural of an ett-word...

February 28, 2015

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

Thanks for pointing this out. The example at the bottom is wrongly chosen, or there should be 3 examples instead of 2. Ett words ending in a consonant like ett hus have the definite plural husen (and indefinite, hus), but ett words ending in a vowel like ett äpple have plural indefinite äpplen (the definite is äpplena).

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

I rephrased it like this, hope I got it right:

It's important to remember that the ending -en can be one of three things:
1. the definite singular of an en-word
2. the definite plural of an ett-word ending in a consonant
3. the indefinite plural of an ett word ending in a vowel
Beware of this common trap for students of Swedish!

  1. armen the arm
  2. husen the houses
  3. äpplen apples
March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gugel.hupf

thanks for your explanation! ☺

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBorkBorkBork

Thank you for that!

March 5, 2015
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