Swedish - few/not many

Discussion in 'Nordic Languages' started by nu5000, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. nu5000 New Member


    Can someone explain when in Swedish you should use få (few) or inte många (not many), and similarly lite (little) and inte mycket (not much)?

    For example, in English 'few' and 'little' are best avoided in informal speech and 'not many/much' are preferable. (Exception is in the phrases 'a few' and 'a little', but these have slightly different meanings so not concerned with that at the moment)

    Is it the same for Swedish, or are there certain sentences where you must use one or the other?

  2. Tjahzi

    Tjahzi Senior Member

    Umeå, Sweden
    Swedish (Göteborg)
    Hello and welcome to the forums.

    There is no clear distinction to be found in Swedish. While it could be said that isn't very popular, there are other explanations it, and there is no particular preference for neither lite nor mycket

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