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"What did the boss say at the meeting last Friday?"

Translation:Vad sa chefen på mötet i fredags?

March 22, 2015


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    Vaför har fredag "s" här. vid slutet?


    When talking about a weekday that was in the past, we usually use "i [weekday]s". I have no idea why it's like that - I'm guessing it's just idiomatic. So it's jag sov i tisdags, du åt en fisk i torsdags, etc.


    Which does also apply to seasons: i vintras/våras/somras/höstas.


    Ah, the endless rules of no logic in Swedish...


    As arbitrary as that is, I really don't think a native English speaker is allowed to even enter a debate on logic in language... :p


    Hmm.. du är kanske rätt. But I do think that Swedish is likely more difficult to learn for an English speaker than the other way around. When doing longer translations, Swedish definitely uses more words and grammar rules than English.


    It's hard to say. Swedish might possible have more rules, but English has lots more exceptions, which many find harder to learn. Swedish has two genders, and English has highly irregular spelling - and so on. They're very different for being so similar. :)

    (By the way, on the topic of illogical exceptions... people "have" right in Swedish: du har kanske rätt.)


    Could I say "på förra fredagen" as well?


    Sure, if you add mötet as well: på mötet förra fredagen.


    Are the words after förra always defined? Or could we say förra fredag


    Correct - förra always triggers the definite.


    Is it more colloquial to say "i fredags" instead of "på förra fredagen"?


    Can we say på sammanträdet instead of på mötet?


    Sure. Added it now.


    With this logic, could you say: What did the boss say at Friday's meeting? (Vad sa chefen på fredags möte?)


    No, we don't use weekday's like that at all. You could use the definite instead: Vad sade chefen på fredagens möte? but it's only grammatical, not idiomatic. We don't even except it.

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