"That Swedish chair is old."
Translation:Tuo ruotsalainen tuoli on vanha.
July 6, 2020
tuoli is countable, so both it and vanha are in the nominative when they appear in a sentence with the verb olla. Were the noun uncountable or were the adjective a part of an object after an object verb, they might be in the partitive.
- Tuoli on vanha. The chair is old. (both sides of the verb are equal)
- Ruoka on vanhaa. The food is old. (the adjective refers to something that cannot be counted)
- Minä maalaan vanhaa tuolia. I am painting an/the old chair. (the chair is the object of ongoing action)