When to use du vs. dig (I apologize if this posted twice, I got a error message the first time)
Dobie42 444
Hej! Jag heter Sarah. Hur är det? (Pardon my swedish, I'm working on it..)

I have asked this on other swedish language sites but to no avail. So I shall try here also.

I have a question that has been stumping me throughout every lesson I do. I am very confused at the difference between the words du and dig. I read that “dig is to du as mig is to jag”. I understand the difference between mig and jag, but du/dig is tearing at my brain

If anyone could help me understand the difference/when to use which word, i’d really appreciate it.

Thank you. Tack!
July 2014
  • Dobie42 444
    I also apologize for my terrible grammar in the tread title..learning a whole new language really starts to effect your native language brain. :P
    July 2014
  • OzzyHellBack 15 146 3542
    My guess is that Du and Dig are in different cases. Much like in German where there are about 4 you informal pronouns. Du, Dich, Dir, and Diener. I hope it might of helped you in some way.
    July 2014
  • Dobie42 444
    That was my guess too. I think my problem with these words and just language learning in general is that I am constantly comparing every word and rule to English, and it throws me off when I can't see the correlation. Anyway, it's not worth getting frustrated over for now, its such a small thing.

    Tack för hjälpen!
    July 2014
  • cribbe 4626 35071 536
    then you also have the col fom of Dig, "Dej".
    Ex

    du heter Martin
    jag känner dej/ jag känner dig
    ditt namn är martin, dig/ dej kan man lita på
    du är här, detta är ditt hem
    jag älskar dig
    du älskar mig
    jag ger dig mitt ord
    dej kan man ju inte lita på
    ge dig av nu
    July 2014
  • Dobie42 444
    Cribbe, thank you for those examples. They actually helped me study, as I had to think and decipher them. I'm still a little unsure of the difference but it's not a problem time and practice can't fix.
    July 2014
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    SanneT 343 487
    @Dobie42

    Jag(1) ser dig(2).
    Du(1) ser mig(2)

    Du(1) ser dig(2) när spegeln. Din spegelbild(1) ser dig(2). Du(1) ser din spegelbild som ser dig som ser din spegelbild.....
    July 2014