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Intermediate Swedish
A Grammar and Workbook

ISBN 9781138779594
Published March 18, 2019 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

Intermediate Swedish: A Grammar and Workbook combines an accessible intermediate reference grammar and related exercises in one volume that covers most of the topics that students might expect to deal with in their second year of learning Swedish. The book follows on naturally from and complements its companion volume, Basic Swedish.

Each of the 26 units discusses one or more grammar topics, with examples that are subsequently practised in the exercises that follow.

The book presents the contemporary language against a backdrop of Swedish culture, society, geography, customs and history. Each unit ends with a cultural text which outlines an aspect of Swedish culture and, in nearly all cases, exemplifies and consolidates the grammar topic examined in the unit.

Features include:

• clear grammatical explanations with examples in Swedish and English

• vocabulary based on a major corpus of written Swedish in order to guarantee authenticity and relevance

• cross-references to other units

• over 100 exercises with a key to all the correct answers.

The book is suitable both for independent study and for class use. It can be used by intermediate students and those who have grasped the basics of grammar and vocabulary.


Table of Contents





  1. Intonation, sentence stress, word stress and accent
  2. Pronunciation, assimilation; ‘French’ g– and j–; spelling of words in –m, –n
  3. Nouns, article use
  4. Nouns, irregular plural, plurals in –er or –ar?; count and non-count, collective
  5. Adjectives, definite declension Types 3, 4
  6. Adjectival nouns; nationality words
  7. Pronouns, reflexive possessives hans/sin
  8. Verbs, irregular weak verbs, r-stem verbs
  9. Verbs, strong verbs, minor series
  10. Verbs, use of tenses
  11. The infinitive in Swedish and English
  12. Verbs, transitive, intransitive and reflexive
  13. Verbs, past participles and the passive, position of passive agents
  14. Time expressions prepositions
  15. Pronouns, interrogative, relative and determinative
  16. Translating ‘that’
  17. Translating the verb ‘to be’ and some other English verbs
  18. Adverbs, amplifiers and ju, nog, väl, nämligen
  19. Preposition or no preposition in Swedish or English, translating ‘of’
  20. Pronouns and adverbs in main clauses and sub clauses: ingen/inte någon
  21. Present participles
  22. Particle verbs
  23. Word order, subordinate clauses with main clause order, main clauses with sub clause order
  24. Word order, unstressed object pronouns
  25. Word order, duplication, emphasis and ellipsis
  26. Word formation

Diderichsen’s Sentence Model

Key to Exercises

Glossary of grammatical terms

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Ian Hinchliffe is a translator based in Sweden and has previously taught Swedish at universities in the UK as well as in Norway.

Philip Holmes is Reader Emeritus in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Hull, UK, and is now a translator and language editor.