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"The country is Finland and the language is Finnish."

Translation:Maa on Suomi ja kieli on suomi.

June 24, 2020

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erinjoo2002

How do you tell the difference between Finland and Finnish? Is it that countries are capitalized?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gregorius877608

Yes, countries (and other proper names of places) are capitalized but names of languages never.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mpre53

Why is partitive (suomea) not used for the language here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lassi492061

Partitive is possible in this kind of sentence. If you are looking at a strange text, you could conclude: "Kieli on suomea" (This language is Finnish). On the other hand, in this case it says what is the name of the country and the name of the language (that is spoken in the country), and they shall be in the same (basic) form. Partitive is indeed a tricky case in the Finnish language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qLfdk96J

Really is this the correct sentence? Surely it should be Tämä man on Suomi


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pommapie

I think tämä would be translated as "this", and since the sentence doesn't point to a country to say that it's Finland, but rather makes a distinction between the country and the language, there's no need for tämä.

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