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"Teacher, why is this word important?"

Translation:Opettaja, miksi tämä sana on tärkeä?

July 4, 2020



In this example, "on" is not at the end of the question. Shouldn't the verb be at the end of questions? Thought it was subject - verb, in the manner of a declarative statement. Or is the rule being followed by the construction of "sana on" before the word "tärkeä?"


The subject is before the verb in a question that begins with an interrogative word, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the verb has to go all the way to the end of the sentence. As a subject predicative, "tärkeä" has to be placed after its copula, i.e. the linking verb that links it to the subject.

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