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“Sina” or “hans”?

This morning a student had a great example of how “hans” and “sina” can be confusing. Both the examples below are correct Swedish, but they mean different things. Can you tell the difference?
1. Fredrik har två katter. Katterna bor med hans föräldrar.
2. Fredrik har två katter. Katterna bor med sina föräldrar.

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3 responses to ““Sina” or “hans”?”

  1. shawnna says:

    One is the cats parents, one is Fredrik’s parents?

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  2. ali says:

    In the first case Katerina lives with Frederik grandparent while in the second case Katerina lives with her grandparent

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  3. Mogens Halvorsen says:


    In the first sentence, the cats live with his parents.
    In the second sentence, the cats live with their own parents.

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