How to use the definite article in Swedish

How to use the definite article in Swedish

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Swedish? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Swedish lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Swedish definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Swedish definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The definite article is used with nouns. The English definite article 'the' is '-en' or '-et' in Swedish. The word '-en' is used with masculine words and feminine words. The word '-et' is used with neuter words.

Examples

stenen
the stone
katten
the cat
huset
the house
äpplet
the apple
brodern
the brother
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Step 4 : The definite article in Swedish

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns. Using the nouns bok, stol and dörr (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use the definite article with each of the nouns. The nouns together with the definite article are boken, stolen and dörren (the book, the chair, the door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Swedish including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Swedish nouns bok, stol and dörr, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Swedish).

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