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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WEEK #22

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WEEK #22:
ÄM
1. archaic conjugation of the verb vara (to be) for the first person singular (ex: Jag äm)

NOTE: This verb form is no longer used.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hashmush
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This is really cool. I just found out that "to be" in English, "att vara" in Swedish, "zijn" in Dutch and "sein" in German are derived from two Proto-Germanic words, *beuną and *wesaną.

If I understand the wiktionary pages correctly, it looks like this: From beuną we get the English "be, been, being", German "bin, bist" and Dutch "ben, bent". The rest of the infinitive forms of this verb are all from wesaną, including all Swedish forms.

Not that the past tense of beuną and wesaną are identical.

3 years ago

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Very interesting!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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So that's where '' I am'' comes from. We have no archic verb of to be in Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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It doesn't come from Swedish, but they share origin. :)

3 years ago
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