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Mina olen or Olen

When do you use both and when do you use Olen?

June 28, 2020

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

Minä (I) and sinä (You) are optional. "Sinä olet kaunis" and "Olet kaunis" are the same. Hän (s/he) however is required. "Hän on kaunis"

-The "tips" sections of Basics 2 has a statement on this


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

To add a bit more explanation... Hän can be dropped sometimes when you answer a question (and so it's very clear who you're talking about). For example:

  • Onko hän kaunis? (Is s/he beautiful?)

  • On (kaunis). (Yes. Literally: is (beautiful).)

The adjective doesn't need to be repeated in the answer either, just like the pronoun. In this case I think if you repeat the adjective in the answer, it sounds more admiring of the person's beauty, while just the verb sounds more like a confirmation of a fact. This goes into some finer nuances of the language though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna839191

Yes! We tend to avoid repeating so "Onko hän kaunis?" "Hän on kaunis." sounds weird and unnatural. With these kinds of yes/no questions or questions where you are confirming something, the subject can be dropped for this reason.


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

The same in spoken language: "Onk se kaunis?" -"O!".


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

Also, note that in spoken Finnish pronouns are frequently used, but the first and second person singular pronouns are shortened: minä = mä, sinä = sä.


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

In some parts of Finland minä & sinä can get some other forms too, like mie & sie or mää & sää.


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

Yes, true! Also important to note.

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