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See also: SKA and -ska



Origin uncertain. Probably imitative of the crisp guitar sound;[1] other suggestions include a contraction of American slang skavoovie, or of speed polka.



ska (uncountable)

  1. A style of Jamaican dance music combining elements of Caribbean calypso and mento with American jazz and rhythm and blues.

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  1. ^ “ska”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.




ska m (plural skas)

  1. ska


Etymology 1[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈskɑː/
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ska c

  1. ska; a style of dance music

Etymology 2[edit]

Apocopic form of skall, present tense of skola, from skulu, from Proto-Germanic *skulaną.




  1. will; denotes a promise or strong intent to perform an action in the future
    Jag ska göra det i morgon
    I'll do that tomorrow
  2. shall, have to; be required to
    Nej, du ska göra det idag
    No, you shall do it today
  3. to be said to
    Han ska ha uppträtt hotfullt.
    He is said to have behaved threateningly.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Infinitive and supine are rarely (if ever) used, and may be considered archaic. Skall is an older or more formal spelling for the present tense.
  • kommer att may also be used to denote a future action, but while it denotes something inevitable (something absolutely certain); ska refers to something which is required, intended, or a promise. Compare also bör, which is a (very) strong recommendation, but not without possibility to wiggle out of; and måste (must) which is used when there is a compelling need to do something:
    Solen kommer att gå upp i morgon bitti
    The Sun will rise tomorrow morning.
    Jag kommer att städa i morgon.
    I will clean up tomorrow (There's no doubt about that)
    Jag ska städa i morgon.
    I will (I promise to/I have been forced to promise to) clean up tomorrow.
    Jag måste städa i morgon.
    I have to clean up tomorrow [since there are guests coming]
    Jag bör städa i morgon.
    I should clean up tomorrow (It would be good if I did some cleaning up tomorrow)