SETJAST VIÐ

English translation: sit down to play

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Icelandic term or phrase:setjast við (mus. instr.)
English translation:sit down to play

16:50 Jan 11, 2004
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Icelandic term or phrase: SETJAST VIÐ
SETJAST VIÐ

Hi,

Does it always necessarily mean he started playing it, or only that he busied himself with it in some way?

103:10 Jón settist við harmonikuna, og fólkið tíndist út á gólfið,
103:11 þangað til bekkirnir voru hér um bil auðir.
Thanks,
Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:04
sat down at it
Explanation:
When used in reference to a person sitting down at an instrument (usually used about a stationary instrument like a piano) it means that the person started playing the instrument. If he had sat down by it without playing it, it would have been "settist hjá" or "settist með" - or "settist við" plus words to the effect that he did not play it.
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JoGunn
Local time: 06:04
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many thanks Jo, excellent again.
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sat down at it


Explanation:
When used in reference to a person sitting down at an instrument (usually used about a stationary instrument like a piano) it means that the person started playing the instrument. If he had sat down by it without playing it, it would have been "settist hjá" or "settist með" - or "settist við" plus words to the effect that he did not play it.

JoGunn
Local time: 06:04
Native speaker of: Native in IcelandicIcelandic
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many thanks Jo, excellent again.
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