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"Du ser hemsk ut!"

Translation:You look terrible!

March 1, 2015



"hemsk" reminded me of "homely" in this context


I was thinking the same exact thing!


Just keep in mind not to use that as a translation. "Hemsk" means more like you look horrible, you look like an absolute mess. "Homely" just means you look plain, it's not quite as extreme.


In Icelandic, heimskur is ‘stupid’. Well... just cost me some progress.


Would "Du ser ut hemsk" also be correct?


No, any qualifiers go in-between the ser and the ut.


Tack. And the same goes whenever you have a similar combination (say, håller med)?


Generally, yes, but it's a bit of a case-for-case basis when you can make exceptions. It's quite possible to say jag håller med dig väldigt mycket, whereas you can't say du ser ut väldigt hemsk. And do note that it's only for qualifiers, so a phrase like du ser ut att vara väldigt hemsk is correct.


qualifiers? I get that "du set ut som..." means "you look like..." but not sure why hemsk would go in the middle and not som. Could you give a few examples of ones that would go in the middle and ones that wouldn't? Tack!


Qualifiers are generally adjectives and adverbs. In your suggestion, "som" would introduce a prepositional phrase, a prepositional phrase with a noun, not an adjective: "like [someone/something]."

Here is a summary of an excellent explanation online: https://blogs.transparent.com/swedish/looking-good-in-swedish-att-se-ut/

  1. When you’re saying something looks “like a dog” (i.e., “like” + noun), the formula is se + ut + som + [noun].

  2. When you’re saying something looks “dark” (i.e., adjective only), the formula is se + [adjective] + ut.

Pattern 1: ser . . . ut with prepositional phrase

Det där molnet ser ut som en hund. That cloud looks like a dog.

Ser det där molnet ut som en hund? Does that cloud look like a dog?

Pattern 2: ser . . . ut with qualifier (adjective/adverb)

Det där molnet ser mörkt ut. That cloud looks dark.

Ser det där molnet mörkt ut? Does that cloud look dark?

another tip: Moln “cloud” is of neuter gender, so the adjective mörk “dark” gets a -t (mörkt). Hunden ser glad ut (not glatt). The dog looks happy.


Oh, brilliant, thank you - I've been to this thread a number of times and I never even realised I hadn't replied to Chris.


När och hur använder ni "hemsk"? Till exempel: "Jag arbetade hela natten och nu är jag jättetrött! - Du ser hemsk ut!" Eller mer som: "Dina föräldrar är ful. - Ja, de ser hemska ut!"


Either is fine, but I'm not sure I'd say either out loud. :) Maybe the first to my wife if I wanted an angry glare.


Tack! Precis det ville jag veta. Hur översätter jag "say it not out loud" på svenska?


You mean like "don't say it out loud", right? That'd be säg det inte högt.


Tiny correction: It's "Dina föräldrar är fula." since the subject is plural.


First I tried "you look homesick" :-)


Bonus points for creativity! :)


In case anyone is wondering, "homesick" as an adjective isn't usually used in Swedish. A more natural translation for that word would be "Du ser ut att ha hemlängtan.", which literally translates to "You look like you have homesickness."


Kan man säga, "Du såg hemskt ut" ugh I don't know, nevermind.


You could say du såg hemsk ut, yes. But not hemskt.


Why wouldnt we use "liknar?"


likna is basically in the sense of "resemble". Saying Du liknar hemsk ut! sounds like "You resemble terrible!"


Can the sentence be : "du ser hemsk"


No, the verb is actually se ut and you can't leave either part out.


what is the difference? what does "du ser hemsk" mean? or would that just not make sense?


It just wouldn't make sense. The verb se in isolation means to watch. Like so many multi-word verbs in Swedish, the meaning changes if you remove either part.


Is "terrible" in a good way? In French, we can translate it with "Tu sembles terrible!", if the person seems to be sick or is very good looking, with nice clothes, pretty clothes, etc, etc...


No, it's always bad, unless maybe if you're describing a Halloween costume. :)


Okej, tack! ^^

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