"Förra veckan"

Translation:Last week

March 15, 2015

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Hello, why 'previous week' is not accepted? Does not förra means equally previous and last? Or is it because of a missing full article?


Afaik you need the article with previous. The previous week is an accepted answer.


Why is there no standalone article? Why not 'den förra veckan'?


Förra always describes a definite noun and never takes an article.


How would you say "the week before"?


if it's last week not the last week, shouldn't it be förra vecka? why the definitive article?


Swedish "förra" requires its noun to be definite.


Is 'sista veckan' possible too? If not, what's the difference?


I don't speak Swedish so I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is correct.

I don't think sista veckan is a correct translation. The English word "last" can have two possible distinct meanings, depending on the context. It could mean either "final" or "previous." Swedish, however, uses two different words to refer to these two meanings. Sista means "final," while förra means "previous," so only the latter works in this case.


How would you say "the previous week"?


Same thing, "förra veckan", if you're talking from a present point of view. If you're referring to a point already in the past, you say "den föregående veckan".


Is it impossible to just say 'Last week'? Does it have to be definite?


'Last week' is the suggested English translation. If you mean Swedish, veckan really has to be definite here.


So it's just a matter of how each language chooses to say it really?


Yes. There are some adjectives that work this way, they sort of make the noun definite by themselves so that the front article is not required as it would normally be. In some cases, the noun will be indefinite, in some it will be definite. So we say nästa vecka but förra veckan. In some cases, either works. For instance we can actually say either på tredje våning or på tredje våningen 'on the third floor'. So the underlying reason is that the adjective already shows that the noun is definite, but how it works exactly varies from adjective to adjective. It's probably best to try to learn those on a case by case basis.


Ah right ok thanks


What is the difference between forra and forre.


It sounds like she us saying "Forran veckan".


Last and previous(week) should be the same

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