"Jag har betalat för mycket."

Translation:I have paid too much.

March 17, 2015

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfpeterson

what's the difference between "for a lot" and "too much?" Is the former på mycket instead

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

None really, but there’s a slight difference in intonation.

Swedish has something called pitch accents of which there are two. These are a bit like Chinese tones, but they don’t have such a big role. If you ”pay for a lot” you would say för mycket with accent 2 on mycket, but if you pay ’too much’ you will have accent 1 on mycket.

This is a bit advanced Swedish phonology, but you can read more here if you’re interested.

March 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfpeterson

So in text format it would really depend on context. I put "I payed for a lot" and got it wrong and assumed that it was wrong. If I come across it again I'll report it.

March 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

Yeah, I can add it as an alternative. Just check your spelling on paid as well.

March 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfpeterson

Of course. For some reason, since I started learning Swedish I have been making some weird mistakes with a few English words and paid is one of them.

March 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OrchidBlack

I'm not sure how old this comment is, since I'm on mobile, but I can't get the link to load.

January 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OrchidBlack

Tack för den nya länken!

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheFatSmurfs

could you also say jag betalat för mycket? i feel like saying "i have gone to the store, or i have forgotten my keys" is kind of unused in American English.

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

No, you can't skip har here. If you skip 'have' in English, you change the tense so that 'I paid too much' would be Jag betalade för mycket in Swedish.

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheFatSmurfs

ohh makes sense tack!

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oinophilos

Couldn't I say "I paid too much"?

August 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

That would be Jag betalade för mycket in Swedish.

August 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thoscorco

mycket användbart uttryck för småprat i Sverige

April 10, 2019
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