"Jag förstår ingenting."

Translation:I do not understand anything.

March 1, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/HoroTanuki

Duo

August 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CountessJody

I came to the comments just for this :D

January 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/cynyork

Same as "jag förstår inte någonting" ?

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lundgren8

Yes.

March 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2

Tack

January 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/bigswedeej

I understand nothing seems more literal. Yes?

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

Both ways work but it seems to be more idiomatic to say I don't understand anything in English and Jag förstår ingenting in Swedish.

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jmmons9

"Jag förstår inte vad som helst" is also correct?

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

No, that would mean like I don't understand whatever.
'not (just) anything' can mean vad som helst in some contexts, but not here. For instance 'I do not eat just anything' can be translated as Jag äter inte vad som helst. This kind of 'anything' means 'anything one could think of' but it cannot be replaced with 'nothing' – the sentence 'I do not eat just anything' does not mean the same as 'I eat nothing'.

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jmmons9

tack!

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/degeneriert23

Why is "I understand nothing" wrong? Where is the difference?

July 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

It isn't wrong, it's an accepted answer.

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/degeneriert23

Thanks!

July 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/historicbruno

Why is one of the hints "anything"? That is very misleading!

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/thorr18

"I do not understand anything." is accepted by the exercise.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/historicbruno

Isn't that covered by the "not anything" hint? But there is a second hint of "anything" on its own, which suggests it could be translated with the opposite meaning. I don't rely on the hints very often, but I usually check them for new words, assuming they provide valid translations.

June 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Dommi1405

Basically my thought during linear algebra lectures

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MariekeSweers

Can this sentence also be used for not hearing something (e.g. in a loud environment)? In dutch you could use 'versta' only in that way (ik versta niks). Or is 'versta' a false friend?

December 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kalashnikitty

all together now . . .

I know NUSSINK!

May 17, 2018
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