född

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

past participle of föda.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

född

  1. born

Declension[edit]

Inflection of född
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular född
Neuter singular fött
Plural födda
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 födde
All födda
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Usage notes[edit]

One always uses present tense, "är född", when the person or animal in question is still alive, but past tense, "var född", if said person is no longer alive. Hence the statement "He was born..." could be expressed either as "Han var född..." - implying that "he" is deceased - or "Han är född..." implying that "he" is still alive. A third, more neutral, option would be to use the -s form of the passive voice of the verb föda: "Han föddes....".