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"Jeg gjør hva som helst lenge jeg ikke vaske opp!"

Translation:I will do anything as long as I do not have to do the dishes!

June 8, 2015



I thought the person speaking (in the sentence) was a pig. He'll do anything as long as he does not have to wash up. I got a laugh here!! My translation was accepted!!


Well, not too much of a pig. They might end up cooking, serving, tidying away, mopping and suchlike, just as long as they don't have to do their least favourite task of washing up. Seems like a fair enough deal.


That is word by word a correct translation but vaske opp specifically means doing the dishes


Yes, as does "wash up".


Why is "ikke" before the verb here?

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Read the Tips & Notes for conjunctions:

Keep in mind that in dependent clauses, the negation ikke gets pulled to a position in-between the subject and the main verb. This occurs with several other constructions as well. This is one weird quirk with Norwegian grammar, but it will sound natural after a while.


Why isn't there anything like 'må' or 'skal'(sp?) in this sentence to specify the 'will' part of 'will do'?


It's a question of usage rather than meaning. In English, we (will) often use "will" to say what we normally do as well as to refer to the future. Other languages seem to me to use the present tense more.


Does vaske opp specifically mean doing dishes, then?


Surely wash up is an acceptable translation of vaske opp? Wash up means the same thing as doing the dishes, in British English at least.


Can someone explain "hva som helst" construction, please? Thank you.


At first, I roughly translated "hvor som helst" as "where as all", you can understand the logic behind it and why it means anywhere. Hope that helps. Altough I've mistaken helst with hele.


Anything. Hvor som helst accordingly means Anywhere, Hvem som helst means Anyone, etc.


Why is 'I will do anything so long I don't have to do the dishes' not an acceptable translation?

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