Beginner #23 - Nice hearing from you (Object Pronouns)

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Thomas: Thomas?
Anders: Hello Thomas, how are you? Det är Anders.
Hello Thomas, how are you? It's Anders.
Thomas: Nämen Anders, trevligt att höra från dig. Vi har förberett allt.
Hey Anders, nice to hear from you. We have prepared everything.
Anders: Vad trevligt. Jag ville bara höra av mig och säga att jag drar snart.
That's nice. I just wanted to get in touch and say that I wil be leaving soon.
Thomas: Vad bra, du, förresten, kan du ta med dig lite svensk choklad åt oss?
Good, by the way, can you bring some Swedish chocolate for us?
Anders: Ja visst, jag kan köpa det på flygplatsen.
Of course, I can buy that at the airport.
höra av sig
get in touch
really?, what?
ta med sig

Object pronouns

Personal pronouns are, depending on function, divided into subject pronouns and object pronouns. We talked about subject pronouns in lesson 2 (jag, du, han, hon, den, det, vi, ni, de). Object pronouns are used as direct or indirect objects and are not used for the one performing the action in the sentence.

Object pronouns stand alone or after prepositions:
Jag älskar dig.
I love you.

Han sa det till dig.
He said that to you.

Subject Object
I jag mig [mej]
you du dig [dej]
he han honom*
she hon henne
it (en-word) den den
it (ett-word) det det
we vi oss
you (plural) ni er**
they de [dom] dem [dom]

*In spoken Swedish, it’s common to use the subject form han here as well. In older Swedish, this word was also used as the direct object and honom the indirect object.

**This pronoun was used as a formal polite pronoun up to the 1950’s where it was more or less disposed of. It was then capitalized and you might find it in subtitles to show that the person is using some kind of formal language.

Han väntar på mig. He’s waiting for me.
Han väntar på dig. He’s waiting for you.
Han väntar på honom. He’s waiting for him.
Han väntar på henne. He’s waiting for her.
Han väntar på den. (Han väntar på bussen.) He’s waiting for it. (He’s waiting for the bus.)
Han väntar på det. (Han väntar på tåget.) He’s waiting for it. (He’s waiting for the train.)
Han väntar på oss. He’s waiting for us.
Han väntar på er. He’s waiting for you (plural).
Han väntar på dem. He’s waiting for them.


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