My brother’s friend’s dog actually ate his homework once. His teacher didn’t believe him, so the next day he brought over his mother, who confirmed it.
I used it all the time, but I blamed it on my grandmothers dog whenever she was in town, since everyone knew my family didn't have a dog. That would be: "Min mormor är på besök och hennes hund åt upp mina läxor". (My grandmother is visiting, and her dog ate my homework)
Is the "upp" necessary in this particular example? Or could you just use "äter"?
If you're translating for English to Swedish it would have to be "åt" here, but yes, the English sentence is ambiguous, however, "åt upp" means "ate and finished" whereas "ate" can either mean that or "ate partially, but not completely"
I guess the difference is English "ate up" emphasizes that it was finished and would probably always translate to åt upp. In contrast, English "ate" might sometimes mean åt, but other times mean åt upp.
This may be wrong but i was under the impression that åt upp (eat up) was a different verb to äter so the past tense of äter will be something else
It's an irregular verb, äter, åt, ätit – just like in English eat, ate, eaten is irregular too.
It's often these very common verbs that manage to keep an odd pattern.
äter upp is a particle verb with a slightly different meaning but it behaves the same way: äter upp, åt upp, ätit upp
My dog tried to eat my homework once but it had such a low grade that he couldn't finish it ):
Man av Simpsons såg det men lärare trodde inte honom. Efter detta ögonblick började sämst dagen för honom.
let's have a challenge everybody writes this sentence in his mother tongue in my language is הכלב אכל לי את השיעורים
@Alec Hirschberg The sentence isnt ambiguous at all, if somebody said 'i ate it' nobody, literally nobody will think you havent finished eating it, because otherwise you wouldnt have eaten it, where 'it' is the meal, as in, the whole meal. Saying meal doesnt refer to a small part of the meal, the meal is the meal, and nothing less. So thats not ambiguous.
You can think of a better excuse?!